HOW TO CHECK IF THE GIVEN SEQUENCE IS GEOMETRIC OR NOT

How to check if the given sequence is geometric or not ?

  • If the common ratios of the given sequence are equal, then we can decide that the given sequence is a geometric progression.
  • If the common ratios are not equal, then the given sequence is not a geometric progression.

To find the common ratio, we use the formula 

r  =  a2/a1  (or)  r  =  a3/a

What is geometric progression ?

A Geometric Progression is a sequence in which each term is obtained by multiplying a fixed non-zero number to the preceding term except the first term.

The fixed number is called common ratio. The common ratio is usually denoted by r.

Check If the Given Sequence is Geometric Sequence Examples

Example 1 :

Find out which of the following sequences are geometric sequences . For those geometric sequences, find the common ratio.

1/2, 1/3, 2/9, 4/47,...........

Solution :

r  =  t2/t1

r  =  (1/3) / (1/2)

r  =  2/3  ----(1)

r  =  t3/t2

r  =  (2/9) / (1/3)

r  =  2/3  ----(2)

Since the common ratios are same, the given sequence is a geometric sequence. The required common ratio is 2/3.

(ii)  12, 1, 1/12, ............

Solution :

r  =  t2/t1

r  =  1/12 ----(1)

r  =  t3/t2

r  =  (1/12) / 1

r  =  1/12  ----(2)

Since the common ratios are same, the given sequence is a geometric sequence. The required common ratio is 1/12.

(iii)  √2, 1/√2, 1/2√2,...........

Solution :

r  =  t2/t1

r  =   (1/√2)/√2

r  =  1/2 ----(1)

r  =  t3/t2

r  =  (1/2√2) / (1/√2)

r  =  1/2  ----(2)

Since the common ratios are same, the given sequence is geometric progression.

The required common ratio is 1/2.

(iv)  0.004, 0.02, 1, ..........

Solution :

t1  =  0.004, t2  =   0.02 and t3  =  1

r  =  t2/t1

r  =  0.02 / 0.004

r  =  20 / 4

r  =  5  ----(1)

r  =  t3/t2

r  =  1 / 0.02

r  =  100/2

r  =  50  ----(2)

Since the common ratios are not same, the given sequence is not geometric progression.

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