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In a sequence with the first term a1, each term after the first is d greater than the preceding term, where d is a constant. If a6=11^6 and a8 = 11^8. What is the largest prime divisor of a11?

A. 11
B. 13
C. 17
D. 19
E. 43
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In a sequence with the first term a1, each term after the first is d greater than the preceding term, where d is a constant. If a6=11^6 and a8 = 11^8. What is the largest prime divisor of a^11?

A. 11
B. 13
C. 17
D. 19
E. 43


\(a_6=11^6\)

\(a_7= a_6 + d = 11^6 +d\)

\(a_8= a_7 + d = 11^6 +2d = 11^8\)

i.e. \(2d = 11^8 - 11^6\)

i.e. \(d = (11^6)*(11^2 - 1)/2 = 11^6*(120)/2 = 60*11^6\)

\(a_11= a_8 + 3d = 11^8 +3d = 11^8 + (3)*(60*11^6) = 11^6 (11^2+180) = 11^6*301 = 11^6*7*43\)

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In your solution :
2d=118−1162d=118−116

i.e. d=(116)∗(112−1)=116∗(120)=120∗11^6

You have not divided by 2.

Value of d would be 60.11^6.

a11= a8+3d
= 11^8+3(60)(11^6)
= 11^6(11^2+180)
=11^6( 301)
=11^6.43^1.7^1

answer would be E 43...
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Hungluu92vn wrote:
In a sequence with the first term a1, each term after the first is d greater than the preceding term, where d is a constant. If a6=11^6 and a8 = 11^8. What is the largest prime divisor of a^11?

A. 11
B. 13
C. 17
D. 19
E. 43


Given \(a_6 = 11^6\) & \(a_8 = 11^8\)

\(a_8 = a_6 + 2d = 11^8\)

\(11^6 + 2d = 11^8\)

we get \(d = 11^6 (121-1)/2 = 11^6 * 60\)

\(a_{11} = a_8 + 3d = 11^8 + 180 * 11^6 = 11^6 * (121 + 180) = 11^6 * 301 = 11^6 * 7 * 43\)

largest prime divisor is 43.


Answer E



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