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25 - 3n workout the value of the first negative term of the sequence?

The letter n corresponds with the number of the term, so the first term would be 25 - 3(1). The second would be 25 - 3(2) and so on. To find the number term you could plug in each number until you found your answer, so plug in 3, then 4, then 5 etc. Another way is to consider how many times 3 goes into 25. We know its a little more than 8 as 3x8=24 so we can try the next number, 9. If we plug in 9 we get 25 - 3(9) = 25 - 27 = –2. The value is negative 2 and this is the 9th term of the sequence.

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