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Which of the following is not an arithmetic sequence?

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In an arithmetic sequence, each term after the first is the sum of the term before it plus a constant. In the arithmetic sequence a, b, c, d, e, each term after the first is the sum of the preceding term and the constant k. Which of the following is NOT an arithmetic sequence?


A. a, b − 1, c − 2, d − 3, e − 4

B. a – 1, b – 1, c – 1, d – 1, e − 1

C. a − 1, b – 2, c – 3, d − 4, e − 5

D. a, 2b, 3c, 4d, 5e

E. 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e
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In an arithmetic sequence, each term after the first is the sum of the term before it plus a constant. In the arithmetic sequence a, b, c, d, e, each term after the first is the sum of the preceding term and the constant k. Which of the following is NOT an arithmetic sequence?


A. a, b − 1, c − 2, d − 3, e − 4

B. a – 1, b – 1, c – 1, d – 1, e − 1

C. a − 1, b – 2, c – 3, d − 4, e − 5

D. a, 2b, 3c, 4d, 5e

E. 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e


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rishit1080 wrote:
In an arithmetic sequence, each term after the first is the sum of the term before it plus a constant. In the arithmetic sequence a, b, c, d, e, each term after the first is the sum of the preceding term and the constant k. Which of the following is NOT an arithmetic sequence?


A. a, b − 1, c − 2, d − 3, e − 4

B. a – 1, b – 1, c – 1, d – 1, e − 1

C. a − 1, b – 2, c – 3, d − 4, e − 5

D. a, 2b, 3c, 4d, 5e

E. 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e


We have arithmetic sequence:
a
b = a+k
c = a+2k
d = a+3k
e = a+4k

Checking options.
A.
b-1 = a+k-1
c-2 = a+2k-2
d-3 = a+3k-3
e-4 - a+4k-4
So the constat here is k-1. Yes, it is arithmetic sequence.
And so on.
Option D fits.

But this approach takes 2 much time.
It will be faster if we just check on numbers. a = 1, b = 2, c = 3, d = 4, e = 5.
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