# What is the sum of the geometric sequence 3, 12, 48, … if there are 8 terms?

When the ratio between any two consecutive terms in a sequence is the same, it is called a geometric progression.

## Answer: The sum of the geometric progression 3, 12, 48, … if there are 8 terms is 65535.

Go through the step-by-step solution to find the sum of 8 terms.

**Explanation:**

The general term of any geometric progression = a r^{(n-1)}

a = 1st term = 3

r = Common ratio = 4

n = Number of terms = 8

Sum of geometric progression with common ratio r can be calculated using the formula

⇒ S_{n} = a (1 - r^{n }) / 1 - r

⇒ S_{8} = 3 (1 - 4^{8 }) / 1 - 4

⇒ S_{8}= 3 × (-65535) / ( -3)

⇒ S_{12} = 3 × 21845

⇒ S_{12} = 65535