The number of terms of an Arithmetic Progression is even.
The sum of the terms in the odd places (First term + Third Term + Fifth Term + ...and so on) is 24;
The sum of the terms in the even places (Second Term + Fourth Term + Sixth Term + ... and so on) is 30; and
The last term exceeds the first by 21/2, then:
What is the arithmetic progression?
The sequence is 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5, 9, 10.5, 12.
I happened to just guess it, it seemed natural, but if you wanted to find it by mathematical means you can use the following formulas (all from the clues given):
f = first term in sequence
n = number of terms in sequence
d = difference between terms
d(n-1) = 10.5
(dn)/2 = 6
(2f+10.5)(n)/2 = 54
When you solve those equations you get f = 1.5, d = 1.5, n = 8.
Posted by tomarken
on 2006-03-23 09:11:16