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# In the sequence above, each term after the first term is equal to the

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a1, a2, a3, ..., an

In the sequence above, each term after the first term is equal to the preceding term plus the constant c. If $$a_1+a_3+a_5=27$$, what is the value of $$a_2 + a_4$$ ?

A. 5
B. 9
C. 13
D. 18
E. 22

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03 Dec 2018, 02:40
Bunuel wrote:
a1, a2, a3, ..., an

In the sequence above, each term after the first term is equal to the preceding term plus the constant c. If $$a_1+a_3+a_5=27$$, what is the value of $$a_2 + a_4$$ ?

A. 5
B. 9
C. 13
D. 18
E. 22

took me >2 mins to understand question ,if any one has any other solution please do provide solution:

I assumed a1=3
and c to be 3 as well
so
a1=3;a2=6;a3=9;a4=12;a5=15

a1+a3+a5=27 9 given

a1+a2+c+a4+c=27
a2+a4+2c+a1=27

since a1=c=3
so a2+a4= 27-(2*3+3)
a2+a4=27-9
a2+a4=18

IMO D....
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04 Dec 2018, 06:14
given a1+a3+a5 = 27
I assumed constant C = 1 , then sequence ==> 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
==> 1+3+5 = 9 ==>if I make C =3 that will satisfy given condition
then sequence becomes ==> 3,6,9,12,15,18...

finally a2+a4 = 6+12 = 18==> Option D
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04 Dec 2018, 08:01
let a2=a1+c, a3=a1+2
a1+a1+2c+a1+4c=27
3a1+6c=27
a1+c=9...............(eq. 1)

We need to find a2+a4
a2+a4=a1+c+a1+3c= 2a1+4c= 2(a1+2c)=2(9) .....from eq. 1=18

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05 Dec 2018, 01:33
Bunuel wrote:
a1, a2, a3, ..., an

In the sequence above, each term after the first term is equal to the preceding term plus the constant c. If $$a_1+a_3+a_5=27$$, what is the value of $$a_2 + a_4$$ ?

A. 5
B. 9
C. 13
D. 18
E. 22

Took me quite some time to figure out how to get to an answer, since I was not able to calculate a definite value for $$a_1$$

$$a_1+a_3+a_5=27$$ $$-->$$ $$a_3=a_1+2c$$ and $$a_5=a_1+4c$$

Rewrite the equation: $$a_1+a_1+2c+a_1+4c=27$$ $$-->$$ $$a_1+2c=9$$ At this points I was quite stuck... But I then assumed integer values for $$c$$

$$c=0$$ $$-->$$ $$a_1=9$$ $$-->$$ $$a_2 + a_4=9+9=18$$
$$c=1$$ $$-->$$ $$a_1=7$$ $$-->$$ $$a_2 + a_4=8+10=18$$
$$c=2$$ $$-->$$ $$a_1=5$$ $$-->$$ $$a_2 + a_4=7+11=18$$
$$c=3$$ $$-->$$ $$a_1=3$$ $$-->$$ $$a_2 + a_4=6+12=18$$
$$c=4$$ $$-->$$ $$a_1=1$$ $$-->$$ $$a_2 + a_4=5+13=18$$

As we can see any value of $$a_1$$ will result in $$a_2 + a_4=18$$, hence D.

Bunuel is there any faster way to solve this question? I was quite stuck thinking i was doing something wrong, because I could not solve for a value of $$a_1$$
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20 Jan 2019, 17:01

Sum = (Avrg)(N)

27/3 = Avrg = 9

Since 9 = N3

N2 + N4 MUST be 18 since (N2 + N4)/2 = N3 = 9

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22 Jan 2019, 04:27
I started putting in answer options .. for example my reduced equation was 2a1+4c...
If 2a1+ 4c = 18
Then A1+2c= 9...
Therefore answer option d is correct

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