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In a certain quiz that consists of 10 questions, each question after the first is worth 4 points more than the preceding question. If the 10 questions on the quiz are worth a total of 360 points, how many points is the third question worth? A. 18 B. 24 C. 26 D. 32 E. 44

In a certain quiz that consists of 10 questions, each question after the first is worth 4 points more than the preceding question. If the 10 questions on the quiz are worth a total of 360 points, how many points is the third question worth? A. 18 B. 24 C. 26 D. 32 E. 44

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If we look at the increase, it tells us that it is a arithmetic expression..

let the first number be x.. so \(SUM of 1st 10= x+4+x+x+8+....x+4*9\).. so \(SUM = 10x+4(1+2+..+9)=360\) 10x+180=360.. 10x=180 or x=18.. so 3rd number= 18+4*2=26 C
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I found a shortcut for the same. Since we know that there are 10 questions on the quiz and all questions are evenly placed by 4 points, DO NOT choose the points in the first question as x.

INSTEAD, choose it as x-16. So, the numbers will be: 1) x-16 2) x-12 3) x-8 4) x-4 5) x 6) x+4 7) x+8 8) x+12 9) x+16 10) x+20

Adding all the above 10 will lead to a simple sum of 10x + 20 (-16 & 16 will lead to a sum of 0, same for -12& +12 so on & so forth)

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In a certain quiz that consists of 10 questions, each question after the first is worth 4 points more than the preceding question. If the 10 questions on the quiz are worth a total of 360 points, how many points is the third question worth? A. 18 B. 24 C. 26 D. 32 E. 44

This is an Arithmetic Progression (A.P.) with terms => a, a+4, a+8, ...., a + (n-1) *4

a => First Term of Series n => Number of the term l => Last Term

So, l = a + (10-1) * 4 = a + 9*4 = a + 36

Sum of an A.P. Series = \(\frac{n*(a+l)}{2}\) => Standard Formula

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08 Sep 2017, 20:28

I got this in a similar approach but we can calculate and get answer in 50 Secs.

Since the seq is in AP evenly spaced the sum= Avg* N

Seq is x,x+4, x+2*4,x+3*4, x+4*4,x+5*4,x+6*4,x+7*4,x+8*4,x+9*4 ( don't need to write the entire seq just get the idea how seq is going to form )

and so on the average of evenly spaced set of 10 numbers is average of 5th and 6th value.

Since each term is increment of 4 the mid value between 5 and 6 will be increment of 2 from 5th value so fifth value is x+4*4= x+16 so average is x+18 so (x+18)*10=360 x+18=36 or x=18 and third value is x+2*4=18+8= 26

The trick in above question is identifying the evenly spaced seq, then its average or median value and finding x.
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