# arithmetic series

• Sep 1st 2009, 08:30 PM
pacman
arithmetic series
The fifth and and the fiftieth terms of an arithmetic sequence are 3 and 30, respectively. Find the sum of the first 10 terms.
• Sep 1st 2009, 08:36 PM
pomp
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Originally Posted by pacman
The fifth and and the fiftieth terms of an arithmetic sequence are 3 and 30, respectively. Find the sum of the first 10 terms.

Let $a_1$ be the first term of the sequence and let $d$ be the difference between terms. We know that $a_5 = 3$ and $a_{15} = 30$.

Therefore we can deduce that since the terms are in arithmetic progression we must have that $a_5 = a_1 + 4d$ and $a_{15} = a_1 + 14d$ .

We know the values of $a_5$ and $a_{15}$, so we arrive at

$a_1 + 4d = 3$
$a_1 + 14d = 30$

Two equations in two unknowns, which I'm sure you can solve. Once you solve you will have $a_1$ and $d,$ and you should know where to go from there. Good luck.
• Sep 1st 2009, 11:12 PM
pacman
Pomp, excuse me, it is fiftieth not fifteenth. Thanks for your reply, i know now how to continue