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In mathematics, a geometric progression, also known as a geometric sequence, is a sequence of numbers where each term after the first is found by multiplying the previous one by a fixed, non-zero number called the common ratio. For example, the sequence 2, 6, 18, 54, ... is a geometric progression with common ratio 3. Similarly 10, 5, 2.5, 1.25, ... is a geometric sequence with common ratio 1/2.

Examples of a geometric sequence are powers rk of a fixed number r, such as 2k and 3k. The general form of a geometric sequence is

{\displaystyle a,\ ar,\ ar^{2},\ ar^{3},\ ar^{4},\ \ldots }

where r ≠ 0 is the common ratio and a is a scale factor, equal to the sequence's start value.

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