Posted by **iris** on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 2:56pm.

peter took a 1,500 mile trip in 5 days. each day, he drove 30 miles more than the day before. how many miles did he cover on the first day?

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**Reiny**, Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 4:16pm
You have an arithmetic series,

where d = 30 , and Sum(5) = 1500 , a is first term

sum(n) = (n/2)(2a + (n-1)d)

1500 = (5/2)(2a + 120)

600 = 2a+120

2a=480

a = 240

On the first day he went 240 miles

check: 240 + 270 + 300 + 330 + 360 = 1500

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