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anonymous
 4 years ago
the 3rd term of an arithmetic sequence is 17, and 9th is 83. what is the 1st term
anonymous
 4 years ago
the 3rd term of an arithmetic sequence is 17, and 9th is 83. what is the 1st term

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anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0This is an arithmetic progression (AP) The general formula for any term is \[a _{n} = a _{1} + (n1)d\] a(n) is the term you want, a1 is the first term and 'd' is the difference between terms so for third term, 17 = a1+2d ===> a1 = 172d for 9th term 83 = a1 + 8d Solve the equation simultaneously 83= 17  2d +8d 6d = 66 d = 11 a1 = 17 2(11) = 5 First term is 5
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