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# Q is a geometric progression; its first member is 1 and its

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Q is a geometric progression; its first member is 1 and its multiple coefficient is 3/2. Find the ariphmetic mean of the Q-members from 4th to 8th.
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01 Oct 2003, 02:47
stolyar wrote:

The exact answer is 5697/640 or approximately 8.9. This is NOT a valid GMAT question because we are not expected to know the closed form evaluation of a geometric sum, nor would we be expected to add them up one by one.

IMO, I think we would be better served by problems that test skills we would need in the actual GMAT. Problem like this put pressure on readers to unnecessarily learn a formula that will not help them and possibly squeeze out one that they DO need to know.
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