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In a certain sequence, the term an is defined by the formula \(a_n = a_{n – 1} + 5\) for each integer n ≥ 2. If \(a_1 = 1\), what is the sum of the first 75 terms of this sequence? (A) 10,150 (B) 11,375 (C) 12,500 (D) 13,950 (E) 15,375
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Bunuel wrote: In a certain sequence, the term an is defined by the formula \(a_n = a_{n – 1} + 5\) for each integer n ≥ 2. If \(a_1 = 1\), what is the sum of the first 75 terms of this sequence?
(A) 10,150 (B) 11,375 (C) 12,500 (D) 13,950 (E) 15,375 It's an AP as each term is 5 more than the previous term.. 1) a_1=1 so a_75=1+(751)*5=1+370=371.. Sum is average of the first and last number *#=(1+371)/2*75=372/2*75=186*75=13950 2) choices.. AP means the sum would be multiple of # so multiple of 75 that means 3.. Only D and E are multiple of 3.. And D is even and E is odd.. So can we find out if sum is odd or even Since we are adding odd number one after another alternate will be odd.. 74 will have 74/2=37 odd numbers and 75th is also odd.. So total odd numbers =37+1=38 and SUM of 39 odds will be even So our answer is even D
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Bunuel wrote: In a certain sequence, the term \(a_n\) is defined by the formula \(a_n = a_{n – 1} + 5\) for each integer n ≥ 2. If \(a_1 = 1\), what is the sum of the first 75 terms of this sequence?
(A) 10,150 (B) 11,375 (C) 12,500 (D) 13,950 (E) 15,375 \(a_n\) is defined by the formula \(a_n = a_{n – 1} + 5\) for each integer n ≥ 2. If \(a_1 = 1\), \(A_1=1 >A_1=1\) \(A_2=A_1+5=6>A_2=1+5\) \(A_3=A_2+5=11>A_3=1+5+5\)\(A_4=A_3+5=16>A_4 =1+5+5+5\) The sequence on the right just helps to show that this is an arithmetic series with a common difference of 5 and a start term of 1, that is \(A_n=1+(n1)5\) \(A_2\) is 1 + one 5 \(A_3\) is 1 + two 5s \(A_4\) is 1 + three 5s \(A_5\) will be 1 + four 5s \(A_{6}\) = 1 + five 5s Each term starts with \(A_1=1\) Each term has a common difference of 5 (increases by 5)  BUT Each Term\(_{n}\) has \((n1)\) 5s. Each term's number of 5s is one fewer than itself. \(A_{75}\) will have \((n1) = 74\) fives \(A_n=1+(n1)5\): sequence rule from above \(A_{75}=(1+(751)*5)=\) \(A_{75}=(1+(74*5))\) \(A_{75}=(1+370)=371\) Sum of the sequence: (average)*(# of terms) Average in an evenly spaced sequence is \(\frac{(First+ Last)}{2}\) # of terms, given, is 75 Sum: \(\frac{(First+ Last)}{2}*75\) Sum = \((\frac{1+371}{2}*75)=(186*75)\) Double and halve Sum = \((93*150)=\) Split the 93 Sum of sequence =\((90*150+3*150)=(13,500+450)= 13,950\) Answer D For an excellent post on sequences that is easy to follow, see this topic thread on GMAT Club, and scroll down to the post by benjiboo
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Bunuel wrote: In a certain sequence, the term an is defined by the formula \(a_n = a_{n – 1} + 5\) for each integer n ≥ 2. If \(a_1 = 1\), what is the sum of the first 75 terms of this sequence?
(A) 10,150 (B) 11,375 (C) 12,500 (D) 13,950 (E) 15,375 One of the formulas for Sum of first n members of arithmetic progression is: S = (2a{1} + d*(n1))/2 * n (The othe one is (a{1}+a{n})/2 * n) a{1} = 1, d = 5  substitute these numbers and will get option D



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DharLog wrote: Bunuel wrote: In a certain sequence, the term an is defined by the formula \(a_n = a_{n – 1} + 5\) for each integer n ≥ 2. If \(a_1 = 1\), what is the sum of the first 75 terms of this sequence?
(A) 10,150 (B) 11,375 (C) 12,500 (D) 13,950 (E) 15,375 One of the formulas for Sum of first n members of arithmetic progression is: S = (2a{1} + d*(n1))/2 * n (The othe one is (a{1}+a{n})/2 * n) a{1} = 1, d = 5  substitute these numbers and will get option D Would y explain ? plz
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vivapopo wrote: DharLog wrote: Bunuel wrote: In a certain sequence, the term an is defined by the formula \(a_n = a_{n – 1} + 5\) for each integer n ≥ 2. If \(a_1 = 1\), what is the sum of the first 75 terms of this sequence?
(A) 10,150 (B) 11,375 (C) 12,500 (D) 13,950 (E) 15,375 One of the formulas for Sum of first n members of arithmetic progression is: S = (2a{1} + d*(n1))/2 * n (The othe one is (a{1}+a{n})/2 * n) a{1} = 1, d = 5  substitute these numbers and will get option D Would y explain ? plz Sure!
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Bunuel wrote: In a certain sequence, the term an is defined by the formula \(a_n = a_{n – 1} + 5\) for each integer n ≥ 2. If \(a_1 = 1\), what is the sum of the first 75 terms of this sequence?
(A) 10,150 (B) 11,375 (C) 12,500 (D) 13,950 (E) 15,375 We see that a1 = 1, a2 = 1 + 5 = 6, a3 = 1 + 2 x 5 = 11, …, and a75 = 1 + 74 x 5 = 371. We will use the formula sum = average x quantity. Recall that the average of an evenly spaced set is (smallest element + largest element)/2; thus, average = (371 + 1)/2 = 186. Thus, the sum is 186 x 75 = 13,950. Answer: D
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