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Sum of an Infinite Geometric Series Application

Published on 10/11/2010

Activity Overview

Students use an infinite geometric series to find altitudes of a hot air balloon.

Key Steps

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    Students will use an infinite geometric series to find altitudes of a hot air balloon. Students will first learn what makes the application problem an infinite geometric series.

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    Students will use a formula and sigma notation to find partial sums that give the altitude of the hot air balloon at a given minute. They will then find the maximum altitude of the balloon.