Geometric Progression-Exercise 2


The sum of the numbers of an infinite decreasing geometric progression is 8. Find y1 dhe q, considering that the sum of their cubes is \frac{512}{7}.




Make fraction in each side.

\frac{y_{1}^{3}}{1-q^{3}}\cdot \frac{1-q}{y_{1}}=\frac{512}{7}\cdot \frac{1}{8}=\frac{64}{7}


7y_{1}^{2}=64(1+q+q^{2})         y_{1}=8(1-q)

7\cdot 64(1-q)^{2}=64\cdot (1+q+q^{2})

7\cdot (1-2q+q^{2})= 1+q+q^{2}



2q^{2}-5q+2=0         D=25-16=9

_{2}q_{1}=\frac{5\pm 3}{4}                                                  q_{1}=2        q_{2}=\frac{1}{2}\rightarrowthe quotinent of decreasing geometriv progression(we don’t take q2, because then, it wont be an infinite decreasing geometric progression anymore.

q_{2}=\frac{1}{2}\Rightarrow y_{1}=8\cdot \frac{1}{2}=4