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    Solving for n

    The numbers log (a^3b^7), log(a^5,b^12) and log(a^8,b^15), are the first three terms of an arithmetic sequence, and the the 12th term of the sequence is log(b^n), find the balue of n.
    Possible choices of answers.
    a) 40
    b)56
    c)76
    d)112
    e)143
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    Hello Tiger
    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger View Post
    The numbers log (a^3b^7), log(a^5,b^12) and log(a^8,b^15), are the first three terms of an arithmetic sequence, and the the 12th term of the sequence is log(b^n), find the balue of n.
    Possible choices of answers.
    a) 40
    b)56
    c)76
    d)112
    e)143
    The first three terms are:
    \log(a^3b^7),\; \log(a^5b^{12}) and \log(a^8b^{15})
    i.e.
    3\log(a) + 7 \log(b),\;5\log(a) + 12\log(b) and 8\log(a)+15\log(b)
    The difference between consecutive terms is constant. So:
    2\log(a)+5\log(b) = 3\log(a)+3\log(b)

    \Rightarrow 2\log(b) = \log(a)
    So the common difference is 2(2\log(b))+5\log(b)=9\log(b).

    The twelfth term is, therefore:
    3\log(a)+7\log(b) + 11\times 9 \log(b)
    = 6\log(b) + 7\log(b) + 99\log(b)

    = 112\log(b)

    =\log\big(b^{112}\big)
    \Rightarrow n = 112
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    Hello, Tiger!

    Great solution, Grandad!
    Here's my approach . . .


    The numbers \log(a^3b^7),\;\log(a^5b^{12}),\;\log(a^8b^{15})
    . . are the first three terms of an arithmetic sequence.
    The the 12th term of the sequence is \log(b^n)

    Find the value of n.

    . . (a)\;40 \qquad (b)\;56 \qquad (c)\;76 \qquad (d)\;112 \qquad (e)\;143

    We have: . \begin{Bmatrix}<br />
t_1 &=& \log(a^3b^7) \\ \\[-4mm] t_2 &=& \log(a^5b^{12}) \\ \\[-4mm] <br />
t_3 &=& \log(a^8b^{15}) \end{Bmatrix}\quad [1]

    d \:=\:t_2-t_1 \:=\:\log(a^5b^{12}) - \log(a^3b^7) \:=\: \log\left(\frac{a^5b^{12}}{a^3b^7}\right) \:=\:\log(a^2b^5)\;\;[2]

    d \:=\:t_3-t_2 \:=\:\log(a^8b^{15}) - \log(a^5b^{12}) \:=\:\log\left(\frac{a^8b^{15}}{a^5b^{12}}\right) \:=\:\log(a^3b^3)\;\;[3]


    Equate [3] and [2]: . \log(a^3b^3) \:=\:\log(a^2b^5) \quad\Rightarrow\quad a^3b^3 \:=\:a^2b^5 \quad\Rightarrow\quad a \:=\:b^2


    Substitute into [1]: . \begin{Bmatrix}t_1 &=& \log(b^{13}) \\ t_2 &=& \log(b^{22}) \\ t_3 &=& \log(b^{31}) \end{Bmatrix}

    Substitute into [2]: . d \:=\:\log(b^9)


    The 12th term is: . t_{12} \:=\:t_1 + 11d

    We have: . t_{12} \;\;=\;\;\log(b^{13}) + 11\!\cdot\!\log(b^9) \;\;=\;\;\log(b^{13}) + \log(b^{99}) \;\;=\;\;\log(b^{112})


    Therefore: . \log(b^n) \:=\:\log(b^{112}) \quad\Rightarrow\quad n \:=\:112

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