2011 AIME II Problems/Problem 5
The sum of the first 2011 terms of a geometric sequence is 200. The sum of the first 4022 terms is 380. Find the sum of the first 6033 terms.
Since the sum of the first terms is , and the sum of the fist terms is , the sum of the second terms is . This is decreasing from the first 2011, so the common ratio is less than one.
Because it is a geometric sequence and the sum of the first 2011 terms is , second is , the ratio of the second terms to the first terms is . Following the same pattern, the sum of the third terms is .
Thus, , so the sum of the first terms is .
Solution by e_power_pi_times_i
The sum of the first terms can be written as , and the first terms can be written as . Dividing these equations, we get . Noticing that is just the square of , we substitute , so . That means that . Since the sum of the first terms can be written as , dividing gives . Since , plugging all the values in gives .
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