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Sequences can be built based on formulae. The formulae are based on two main elements: *n*, which is the current term, and `U_n`, which is the value of the term *n*.

`U_(n-1)` is the value of the term immediately prior to the *n*^{th} term. This terminology allows for more complex sequences to be created.

In some instances, **initial values**, or **seed values**. are required to begin the generation of a sequence when the sequence generator refers to the value of an earlier term.

For example, `frac(U_(n-1)^2)(n^2)` means take the *value* of the previous term and square it, then divide that by the square of the current term. If the value of the first term is 3 (`U_1=3`), then the value of the second term is `frac(3^2)(2^2)` as `U_(n-1)` refers to the value of the previous term (3) and `n` has the value 2 as it is the second term.

1. What are the first five terms of the sequence given by `U_n = n^2 - n?`

Answer: 0, 2, 6, 12, 20

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

n^{2} | 1 | 4 | 9 | 16 | 25 |

n | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |

n^{2}-n | 0 | 2 | 6 | 12 | 20 |

2. Write, in terms of `U` and `n`, a sequence where the value of the term is equal to the values of the previous two terms.

Answer: `U_n =U_(n-1) + U_(n-2)`

The value of the current term is given by `U_n`, the previous values are given by `U_(n-1)` (the value of the term before) and `U_(n-2)` (the value of the term before that).

This is the Fibonacci sequence.

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