Posted by Ren on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8:23am.
How do i find the common ratio, when the 1st, 2nd and 7th terms of a A.P with common difference 2 are the first three terms of a G.P .

arithmetic  Reiny, Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8:30am
The first, second, and seventh terms of your AP would be
a, a+2, and a+12
but these are supposed to be the first 3 terms of a GP, so
(x+2)/a = (a+12)/(a+2)
crossmultiply, the a^2 drops out and you get
a = 1/2
now you know your first 3 terms of the GP to be
1/2, 5/2, and 25/2
check for common ratio:
(5/2) ÷ (1/2) = 5
(25/2) ÷ (5/2) = 5

Correction  Typo in arithmetic  Reiny, Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8:31am
(x+2)/a = (a+12)/(a+2)
obviously should have been
(a+2)/a = (a+12)/(a+2)

arithmetic  Ren, Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 9:13am
Hey thanks a lot Reiny. I got it..
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