## A bouncing ball reaches a height of 27 feet at its first peak, 18 feet at its second peak, and 12 feet at its third peak. Describe how a s

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A bouncing ball reaches a height of 27 feet at its first peak, 18 feet at its second peak, and 12 feet at its third peak. Describe how a sequence can be used to determine the height of the ball when it reaches its fourth peak.

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A sequence can be used to illustrate the difference in heights of each jump and develop a pattern from them. In this case, we have 27, 18, 12,… Assuming the pattern continues, we have the previous height divided by 3 and then subtracted from itself:n

Step-by-step explanation:

2. A Geometric sequence can be used:
To Model this sequence you need to use this formula
A (subscript n) = Ar(n-1)
a = value of the first term
n = the # of the term you want to find (For example, if you want to find the term number 3, it is 12)
r = the common ratio, this is obtained by dividing the second term in the sequence by the first.
So the value of r is = 2/3 because 27 times 2/3 = 18 which is the second term
n = 4 since you want to find the 4th term in the sequence
Plug it in and results are
4th term= 27(2/3)^(4-1)= 8