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**Iainwb.13** Question -

**The sum of the first three terms of an arithmetic sequence is 12. The sum of their squares is 66. Find the fourth term**

I know just by trial an error that the first three terms are 1, 4 and 7. therefore the 4th term is 10.

Although I am able to figure this out, there IS an algebraic way of determining the values to prove that these ar , in fact, the numbers of the sequence.

I have started along the lines of

a + (a+d)^2 + (a+2d)^2 = 66

a + a +(a+d) + (a+d) + (a+2d) + (a+2d) = 66

6a+6d = 66

but im not sure where to go from here. i know im on the right track i just cant figure this out. please help !?