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if the 8th term of an A.P is twice the 5th term, find the 12th term

asked by vivian
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    posted by Writeacher
  2. the 8th term of an A.P is twice the 5th term
    ----> a + 7d = 2(a+4d)
    a+7d = 2a + 8d
    a = -d

    12th term = a + 11d
    = -d + 11d
    = 10d

    e.g. let d = 4, then a = -4
    term(8) = -4 + 7(4) = 24
    term(5) = -4 + 4(4) = 12
    so term 8 is twice term 5
    term 12 = -4+11(4) = 40 which is 10d or 10(4)

    As you can see there is so unique answer to your problem, just let d equal anything you want, as long as "a" is its opposite, it will work

    posted by Reiny

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