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    Progression - Am I right?

    Hi, could someone tell me if I've done this correctly?

    For the progression 1,4,7,10, .... state the
    50th term and the sum of the first 50 terms.

    I have 50th term as 148

    I have sum of first 50 as 1475...

    Cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobchiba View Post
    Hi, could someone tell me if I've done this correctly?

    For the progression 1,4,7,10, .... state the
    50th term and the sum of the first 50 terms.

    I have 50th term as 148
    looks OK but if you told us how you found this it would be easier to
    comment.

    I have sum of first 50 as 1475...
    Sum of the first n terms of an AP with first term a and common difference d:

    S(n) = (1/2) n (2a + (n-1)*d) = 3725

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    regarding the sum,

    I was shown in a previous thread a while ago that

    Sn = n(a1 + an) / 2

    so I ended up with 25( 1 + a20)
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    sorry....just realised my mistake, should have been a50 not a20....it works out now,

    thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobchiba View Post
    regarding the sum,

    I was shown in a previous thread a while ago that

    Sn = n(a1 + an) / 2

    so I ended up with 25( 1 + a20)
    Why not 25(1+a50)?

    Below is a brute force calculation of the sum:

    Code:
     
    >
    >n=0:49;
    >
    >a=1+3*n;
    >
    >sum(a)
             3725 
    >
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