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According to the school secretary, the size of the graduating class of Gauss High has steadily increased since the school opened. She claims that the number of graduates each year forms the sequence , where is the number of years the high school has had students graduate. At the end of the year, the administration mails out invitations to all previous graduates to attend the upcoming graduation ceremony.

  1. In this situation, what does the sequence represent? What does the series represent?

    Remember that a sequence is a set of discrete numbers while a series is the sum of those numbers.

  2. After the th graduation ceremony, how many total graduates are there? Explain how you determined your answer.

  1. The total number of Gauss High graduates after years can be represented by the graph at right. If the alumni relations committee wants to invite all graduates to a party to celebrate the th anniversary of the school, how may invitations will they need to send?

    See part (b).

First quadrant graph, x axis labeled, number of years, y axis labeled, number of graduates each year, with multiple shaded bars, increasing at a constant rate, height of first bar, labeled, 42, height of last bar, 12 n + 30.