Arithmetic Progression

Numbers 4, 2, 5, and 18 are Added Respectively to the First Four Terms of AP, Forming Into a GP

If 4, 2, 5, and 18 are added respectively to the first four terms of an arithmetic progression, the resulting series is a geometric progression. What is the common difference of the arithmetic progression?

General Term of Arithmetic Sequence that Models the Potential Annual Salaries

A job posted at offered a starting salary of \$40,000 per year and guaranteeing a raise of \$1600 per year for the rest of 5 years. Write the general term for the arithmetic sequence that models potential annual salaries.

A.   an = 38,400 + 1600n
B.   an = 33,400 + 2600n
C.   an = 36,400 + 1400n
D.   an = 34,400 +1800n

Three-digit numbers not divisible by 3

How many three-digit numbers are not divisible by 3?

Arithmetic, geometric, and harmonic progressions

a1 = value of the first term
am = value of any term after the first term but before the last term
an = value of the last term
n = total number of terms
m = mth term after the first but before nth
d = common difference of arithmetic progression
r = common ratio of geometric progression
S = sum of the 1st n terms

Relationship Between Arithmetic Mean, Harmonic Mean, and Geometric Mean of Two Numbers

For two numbers x and y, let x, a, y be a sequence of three numbers. If x, a, y is an arithmetic progression then 'a' is called arithmetic mean. If x, a, y is a geometric progression then 'a' is called geometric mean. If x, a, y form a harmonic progression then 'a' is called harmonic mean.

Let AM = arithmetic mean, GM = geometric mean, and HM = harmonic mean. The relationship between the three is given by the formula

$AM \times HM = GM^2$


Below is the derivation of this relationship.

Derivation of Sum of Arithmetic Progression

Arithmetic Progression, AP

Arithmetic Progression (also called arithmetic sequence), is a sequence of numbers such that the difference between any two consecutive terms is constant. Each term therefore in an arithmetic progression will increase or decrease at a constant value called the common difference, d.

Examples of arithmetic progression are:

  • 2, 5, 8, 11,... common difference = 3
  • 23, 19, 15, 11,... common difference = -4
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