For a given arithmetic sequence the sum of the first fifty terms is 200 and the sum of the next fifty term is 2700. What is the first term of the sequence?
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For a given arithmetic sequence the sum of the first fifty terms is 200
. . and the sum of the next fifty term is 2700.
What is the first term of the sequence?
The sum of the first n terms of an arithmetic sequence is given by:
. . S(n) .= .(n/2)[2a + (n-1)d]
The sum of the first 50 terms is 200.
. . S(50) .= .(50/2)[2a + 49d] .= .200 . → . 2a + 49d .= .8 .[1]
The sum of the next 50: (sum of the first 100) - (sum of the first 50)
. . (100/2)[2a + 99d] - 200
Hence, we have: .50[2a + 99d] - 200 .= .2700 . → . 2a + 99d .= .58 .[2]
Subtract [1] from [2]: .50d .= .50 . → . d = 1
Substitute into [1]: .2a + 49(1) .= .8 . → . a .= .-41/2