1999 AIME Problems/Problem 1

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Problem

Find the smallest prime that is the fifth term of an increasing arithmetic sequence, all four preceding terms also being prime.

Solution

Obviously, all of the terms must be odd. The common difference between the terms cannot be $2$ or $4$, since otherwise there would be a number in the sequence that is divisible by $3$. However, if the common difference is $6$, we find that $5,11,17,23$, and $29$ form an arithmetic sequence. Thus, the answer is $029$.

See also

1999 AIME (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 2
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