# Ch 18: Algebra II: Sequences & Series

### About This Chapter

## Algebra II: Sequences & Series - Chapter Summary

Understanding sequences and series can be challenging for even the most advanced algebra student. Make the process of understanding these concepts easier by reviewing the fun video lessons in this chapter. Learn the basics of sequences and series and how they are used in a variety of math problems. Gauge the knowledge you've acquired by taking short lesson quizzes and a comprehensive chapter exam. If you have questions about this subject matter, submit them to our experts. Upon completion of this chapter, you will have a good grasp of the following:

- How to define infinite and finite sequences
- What the process is for using factorial notation and summation notation
- Reasons for and how to use the general term of a geometric sequence
- How arithmetic series in algebra works
- What is the sum of the first n terms of a geometric sequence and formula for infinite geometric series
- What is the formula for infinite geometric series
- How to use recursive rules for geometric, algebraic and arithmetic sequences
- What's involved in using sigma notation for the sum of a series
- What math induction means and how it is used
- Ways to find the value of an annuity
- What steps are involved in expanding a binomial using the binomial theorem
- What the names of special sequences are and how they are used

### 1. Introduction to Sequences: Finite and Infinite

In this video lesson, we will learn about the many patterns that are possible in sequences. See how some sequences stop after a while and how some sequences never stop.

### 2. How to Use Factorial Notation: Process and Examples

Watch this video lesson to learn about factorial notation. Understand what it means so that you can handle it like a pro. Also see what happens when we divide factorials.

### 3. How to Use Series and Summation Notation: Process and Examples

Have you ever seen a sideways M on a math test and wondered what it meant? In this video lesson, learn about the notation that we use to show that we want to sum something up. Learn how to use it and see some examples of it in use.

### 4. How and Why to Use the General Term of an Arithmetic Sequence

Watch this video lesson to learn the formula for the general term of an arithmetic sequence. Also learn why this formula makes working with an arithmetic sequence much easier.

### 5. Understanding Arithmetic Series in Algebra

In this video lesson, we will learn about arithmetic series and how they work. Learn also how to find the pattern of an arithmetic sequence along with finding the sum.

### 6. How and Why to Use the General Term of a Geometric Sequence

Watch this video lesson to learn the formula for the general term of a geometric sequence. You will learn how to write your own general term given a particular geometric sequence as well as the reason for doing this.

### 7. The Sum of the First n Terms of a Geometric Sequence

Watch this video lesson to learn how you can find the total of a geometric sequence up to a certain point. Learn the formula that you can use to help you find your answer.

### 8. Understand the Formula for Infinite Geometric Series

Watch this video lesson to learn how to calculate the sum of an infinite geometric series. Learn about the interesting thing that happens when your common ratio is less than one.

### 9. Using Recursive Rules for Arithmetic, Algebraic & Geometric Sequences

When dealing with sequences in math, both algebraic and geometric, we come across recursive rules. Watch this video lesson to learn how recursion works and how you can use a recursive rule to get to your next number using a previous number.

### 10. Using Sigma Notation for the Sum of a Series

In math, we have a notation for a lot of things. When you need to sum up a series, we also have a notation for that. You will learn about this notation, called Sigma notation, in this video lesson.

### 11. Mathematical Induction: Uses & Proofs

Watch this video lesson to learn about mathematical induction and how you can use it to prove mathematical statements. See how it is similar to falling dominoes.

### 12. How to Find the Value of an Annuity

Want to see how much money you will have in the future if you make a set payment every month towards your annuity? Then watch this video lesson for the formula and how to use it.

### 13. How to Use the Binomial Theorem to Expand a Binomial

In this video lesson, you will see what the binomial theorem has in common with Pascal's triangle. Learn how you can use Pascal's triangle to help you to easily expand a binomial.

### 14. Special Sequences and How They Are Generated

Sequences are interesting things in math and in nature. The most interesting thing is that these sequences have a pattern to how they are generated. We will learn about a few of them in this video lesson.

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### Other Chapters

Other chapters within the Algebra II: High School course

- Algebra II: Real Numbers
- Algebra II: Complex and Imaginary Numbers Review
- Algebra II: Exponents and Exponential Expressions Review
- Algebra II: Properties of Functions Review
- Algebra II: Linear Equations Review
- Algebra II: Systems of Linear Equations
- Algebra II: Inequalities Review
- Algebra II: Absolute Value Review
- Algebra II: Graphing and Factoring Quadratic Equations Review
- Algebra II: Quadratic Equations
- Algebra II: Factoring
- Algebra II: Polynomials
- Algebra II: Rational Expressions
- Algebra II: Graphing and Functions
- Algebra II: Conic Sections
- Algebra II: Roots and Radical Expressions Review
- Algebra II: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
- Algebra II: Combinatorics
- Algebra II: Calculations, Ratios, Percent & Proportions Review
- Algebra II: Statistics
- Algebra II: Trigonometry
- Homeschool Resources for High School Algebra II
- Algebra II: Assignments & Projects