# Geometric Progression First Term Calculator

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This Geometric Progression Calculator is one of two specialist calculators designed to calculate geometric progression based on specific known criterea. The Geometric Progression First Term Calculator will calculate:

1. The sum of the first n-terms of a geometric series when the first term and the common ratio are given.

Geometric Progression First Term Calculator Parameters: The number of terms is a natural (counting) number.

 🖹 Normal View🗖 Full Page View Calculator Precision (Decimal Places)0123456789101112131415 First term of the geometric progression (y1) Common ratio (R) Total number of terms (n)
 Sum of the first n-terms (Sn) = Sn = y1(Rn - 1)/R - 1 Sn = ( - 1)/ - 1 Sn = ()/ Sn = × / Sn = / Sn = First term of the geometric progression (y1) = Common ratio (R) = Total number of terms (n) =

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## Theoretical Description

A geometric sequence (otherwise known as "geometric progression") is a special type of number sequence where the ratio between two consecutive terms is always the same. The general term of a geometrical sequence is denoted by yn (or an). In this way, we can express a geometrical sequence as y1, y2, y3, , yn. The common ratio in a geometrical sequence is denoted by R.

For example,

2,6,18,54,162,

is a geometric sequence where y1 = 2, y2 = 6, y3 = 18, y4 = 54, y5 = 162, etc. The common ratio (which can be obtained by dividing any term by its predecessor) here is R = an/an - 1 = 3. The pattern of this sequence therefore is "multiply by 3."

A geometric series Sn represents the sum of the first n terms of a geometric sequence (progression). For example, if we have the following geometric sequence with five terms

1,2,4,8,16

then, the sum of these terms represents the corresponding series Sn, where n = 5. Thus,

Sn = 1 + 2 + 4 + 8 + 16
=31

The formula of the general term xn of a geometrical sequence (progression) is found in the following way:

First term = y1
Second term = y2 = y1 ∙ R
Third term = y3 = y2 ∙ R = y1 ∙ R2
Fourth term = y4 = y3 ∙ R = y1 ∙ R3

General (n - th) term = yn = yn - 1 ∙ R = y1 ∙ Rn - 1

Now, let's explain how to find the sum of the first n terms in a geometric series. Thus,

S1 = y1
S2 = y1 + y2 = y1 + R ∙ y1
S3 = y1 + y2 + y3 = y1 + R ∙ y1 + R2 ∙ y1

Sn = y1 + y2 + y3 + ⋯ + yn = y1 + R ∙ y1 + R2 ∙ y1 + ⋯ + Rn - 1 ∙ y1

Multiplying the last expression by the common ratio R yields

R ∙ Sn = R ∙ (y1 + y2 + y3 + ⋯ + yn ) = R ∙ y1 + R2 ∙ y1 + R3 ∙ y1 + ⋯ + Rn ∙ y1

Subtracting the previous expression from the last one yields

R ∙ Sn - Sn = (Ry1 + R2 y1 + R3 y1 + ⋯ + Rn y1 ) - (y1 + Ry1 + R2 y1 + ⋯ + Rn - 1y1)
= Rn y1 - y1

Thus,

Sn(R - 1) = y1 (Rn - 1)

In this way, we obtain the general formula for calculating the sum of the first n terms of a geometric series

Sn = y1(Rn - 1)/R - 1

Multiplying the above formula up and down by -1 gives another version of the sum of the first n terms of a geometric progression (series), i.e.

Sn = y1(1 - Rn)/1 - R

This version is used in decreasing geometric sequences, where the common ratio R is smaller than 1.

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