Question of The Day29-06-2020

If 7th and 17th terms of an arithmetic progression are 15 and 27, then what will be the sum of the first 18 terms of the series?


Correct Answer : d ) 324

Explanation :

We know that

nth term of an arithmetic progression is given as

an = a + (n – 1) d

where, a is the first term, d is the common difference

According to the question

a7 = a + 6d = 15 ……. (1)

a17 = a + 16d = 27 ……. (2)

Comparing equation (1) and (2) we get

a = 7.8 and d = 1.2


Sum of an arithmetic progression is given as= \({n \over 2} (2a+(n-1)d)\)

Thus, sum of first 18 terms of the series will be

= \({18 \over 2} (2*7.8+(18-1)*1.2)\)

= 324

Hence, (d) is the correct answer.

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