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<math>x=0.01=\boxed{(C)\0.01}</math> | <math>x=0.01=\boxed{(C)\0.01}</math> | ||
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+ | We should realize that the two equations are 100 terms apart, so by subtracting the two equations in a form like | ||
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+ | <math>(a_101 - a_1) + (a_102 - a_2) + (a_103 - a_3) + ... = 200-100 = 100 </math> | ||
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+ | We can find the value of the common difference every hundred terms. But we forgot that it happens hundred times. So we have a divide the answer by hundred | ||
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+ | <math>\frac{100}{100} = 1 </math> | ||
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+ | The answer yields us the common difference of every hundred terms. So you has to simply divide the answer by hundred again to find the common difference between one term | ||
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+ | <math>\frac{1}{100} =\boxed{(\text{C}) .01}</math> | ||
==See Also== | ==See Also== |
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Problem
Suppose that is an arithmetic sequence with What is the value of
Solution 1
Adding the two given equations together gives
.
Now, let the common difference be . Notice that , so we merely need to find to get the answer. The formula for an arithmetic sum is
,
where is the first term, is the number of terms, and is the common difference. Now we use this formula to find a closed form for the first given equation and the sum of the given equations. For the first equation, we have . Therefore, we have
,
or
. *(1)
For the sum of the equations (shown at the beginning of the solution) we have , so
or
*(2)
Now we have a system of equations in terms of and . Subtracting (1) from (2) eliminates , yielding , and .
Solution 2
Subtracting the 2 given equations yields
Now express each a_n in terms of first term a_1 and common difference x between consecutive terms
Simplifying and canceling a_1 and x terms gives
$x=0.01=\boxed{(C)\0.01}$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Undefined control sequence.)
Solution 3
We should realize that the two equations are 100 terms apart, so by subtracting the two equations in a form like
We can find the value of the common difference every hundred terms. But we forgot that it happens hundred times. So we have a divide the answer by hundred
The answer yields us the common difference of every hundred terms. So you has to simply divide the answer by hundred again to find the common difference between one term
See Also
2002 AMC 10B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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