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- May 23rd 2013, 05:47 PMcalmo11Arithmetic Sequence
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please help - May 23rd 2013, 07:20 PMibduttRe: Arithmetic Sequence
Let the three consecutive terms of AP be: a , a+d , a + 2d where a is the first term and d the common difference.

Now the sum of these terms = 3a+3d = 18 hence a+d=6 OR a = 6-d------- (1)

Sum of the squares of the terms is, a^2 + (a+d)^2 + ( a+2d)^2 = 396 [ given ]

Using (1) we get (6-d)^2 + (6-d+d)^2 + (6-d+2d)^2 = 396

(6-d)^2 + 36 + (6+d)^2 = 396

that is 2 * 36 + 2*d^2 + 36 = 396 [ (x+y)^2 + (x-y)^2 = 2x^2 + 2y^2 ]

Thus we have 2d^2 = 144 and that gives d = + - 12

Now you can finish by getting the value of a by plugging in value of d in equation (1)