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Calculators Finding sequences on the TI-89 Titanium Calculator?

  1. Jul 29, 2012 #1
    Can someone guide me toward using my TI-89 Titanium calculator for sequences?

    I would like to be able to PUT IN a sequence of numbers and have it GIVE ME the formula. Not vice versa please. Thanks.
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  3. Jul 29, 2012 #2
    I would suggest there must be some limit to this - there are probably infinite answers to "guess the next term".

    For instance, what do you think is the next term for 1, 2, 4, 8, 16?
  4. Jul 29, 2012 #3
    What I mean is that I'd like to put in a sequence of numbers such as (1, -1/3, 1/9, -1/27, 1/81,...) and have it give me a formula like (-1/3)^n-1
  5. Jul 30, 2012 #4
    So you want a simplest formula, for some values of simplest? I am not sure of an easy way to do this, except perhaps look for things like common ratios / differences, perhaps taken over several steps?
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