in a text sharing game, one teen sends text message to three teens int urn are each expected to send to 3 others,. By the 10th level , how many teens have been sent message assuming all are...

in a text sharing game, one teen sends text message to three teens int urn are each expected to send to 3 others,. By the 10th level , how many teens have been sent message assuming all are different?  Draw a tree diagram for first three levels. REmember first teen was never sent a message.

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steveschoen | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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The partial tree diagram is in the attachment.  As you can tell, the tree diagram can get a bit large with 59049 teens involved.

It may be easier to determine the number if we make an XY table.  I will be assuming that the 3 teens initially being sent the text is the first level.  X will be the level, Y will be the number of teens have the text:

X - 1, 2,  3,  4,    5,     6,     7,      8,        9,       10

Y - 3, 9, 27, 81, 243, 729, 2187, 6561, 19683, 59049

So, at the first level, it's been spread to no teens, 3 teens at the first level, etc.

From there, you can tell that it is an geometric sequence that gets multiplied by 3 each time.  So:

y = 3^x

You can get the formula by comparing using the general form for an geometric sequence:

y = y(0)*b^x

where y(0) in the initial amount and b is the multiplier.  Here, y(0) = 1 since we started with 1 teen having the message.  So:

y = 1*3^x

y = 3^x

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mchandrea | Student, College Junior | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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I analyzed the situation and manually computed until the 10th level.

1 * 3 = 3                    Level 1

3 * 3 = 9                    Level 2

9 * 3 = 27                   Level 3

27 * 3 = 81                 Level 4

81 * 3 = 243                Level 5

243 * 3 = 729              Level 6

729 * 3 = 2,187           Level 7

2,187 * 3 = 6,561        Level 8

6,561 * 3 = 19,683      Level 9

19,683 * 3 = 59,049     Level 10

The total number of teenager after the 10th level would be 59, 049

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