cangetgmat wrote:

I was stuck performing addition of GP.

+1 to you

You can do it using sum of GP as well.

\(2 + 2 + 2^2 + 2^3 + 2^4 + 2^5 + 2^6 + 2^7 + 2^8 = 1 + (1 + 2 + 2^2 + 2^3 + 2^4 + 2^5 + 2^6 + 2^7 + 2^8)\)

The terms in brackets make a GP with first term = 1 and common ratio = 2

GP = \(1 + 2 + 2^2 + 2^3 + 2^4 + 2^5 + 2^6 + 2^7 + 2^8\)

Sum of 9 terms of GP \(= 1(1 - 2^9)/(1-2) = 2^9 - 1\)

Sum of the required series = 1 + sum of GP = \(1 + 2^9 - 1 = 2^9\)

To check out a discussion on both the methods, check out my blog

http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/categor ... er-wisdom/ today evening. My this week's post discusses a question very similar to this one.

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