How To Solve Arthmetic And Harmonic Progression Quickly

Definition and Solve Quickly

AP

An arithmetic progression is a sequence of numbers in which each term is derived from the preceding term by adding or subtracting a fixed number called the common difference “d”.

GP

A geometric progression is a sequence in which each term is derived by multiplying or dividing the preceding term by a fixed number called the common ratio. 

HP

A series of terms is known as a HP series when their reciprocals are in arithmetic progression. 

 

AP GP HP _How to solve

Type 1: AP questions

Question 1.

Find the first term of the AP series in which 10th term is 6 and 18th term is 70.
Options:

  1. 76
  2. – 76
  3. 66
  4. – 66

Solution:

10th term = (a + 9d) = 6….(1)

18th term = (a + 17d) = 70 ……. (2)

On solving equation 1 and 2

We get, d = 8

Put the value of d in equation 1

(a + 9d) = 6

a + 9 * 8 = 6

a + 72 = 6

a = -66

Correct option: D

Question 2.

Find the nth term of the series 3, 8, 13, 18,…,

Options:

  1. 2(2n+ 1)
  2. 5n + 2
  3. 5n – 2
  4. 2(2n – 1)

Solution:

The given series is in the form of AP.
first term a = 3

common difference d = 5
We know that, nth term = tn = a + (n-1)d
Therefore, tn = 3 + (n-1) * 5

= 3 + 5n – 5

= 5n – 2

Correct option: C

Question 3.

The series 28, 25,……. -29 has 20 terms. Find out the sum of all 20 terms?

Options:         

  1.  -10
  2. -12
  3. 10
  4. 12

Solution:

a =28, d= -3 (25 – 28), l = -29, n = 20

Sum of all n-terms = Sn = n (a+l)/2

S20 = 20 (28 + (-29)) / 2
S20 = -10

Correct option: A

Type 2: GP questions

Question 1.

Find the sum of the following infinite G. P. 1/3, 1/9, 1/27, 1/81…….

Options:

  1. 1/3
  2. 2/3
  3. 1/5
  4. 1/2

Solution:

a = 3, r = 1/9/1/3 = 1/3

Required sum = a/(1-r)

= 1/3 / (1-1/3)

= 1/3 / 2/3

= ½

Correct option: D

Question 2.

Find the G. M. between 4/25 and 196/25

Options:

  1. 28/5
  2. 28/25
  3. 8/25
  4. 14/5

Solution:

Geometric mean √ab

GM = √4/25 * √196/25

GM = 2/5 * 14/5

GM = 28/25

Correct option: B

Question 3.

Find the number of terms in the series 1, 3, 9 , ….19683

Options:         

  1. 10
  2. 8
  3. 6
  4. 7

Solution:

In the given series,

a1 = 1, r = 3/1 = 3, an =19683

=

19683 = 1* (3n-1)

19683 = 3n-1

39 = 3n-1

9 = n-1

n = 10

Correct option: A

Type 3: HP questions

Question 1:

If the 6th term of H.P. is 10 and the 11th term is 18. Find the 16th term.

Options:

  1. 90
  2. 110
  3. 85
  4. 100

Solution:

6th term = a + 5d = 1/10……(1)

11th term = a + 10d = 1/18……(2)

On solving equation 1 and 2 we get, d = -2/225

Put value of d in equation 1

a + 5d = 1/10

a + 5 * -2/225 = 1/10

a = 13/90

Now, 16th term = a + 15d = 13/ 90 + 15 * – 2/55

= 13/90 – 30/225

= 1/90

Therefore 16th term = 90

Correct option: A

Question 2.

Find the Harmonic mean of 6, 12, 18

Options:

  1. 10.12
  2. 9.62
  3. 9.81
  4. 8.10

Solution:

We know that,

HM=n/s 

where , s=(1/a)+(1/b)+(1/c)

s=(1/6)+(1/12)+(1/18)

  =(11/36)

HM = n/s=3/(11/36)

HM = 3*36/11

HM=108/11

HM=9.81

Correct option: C

Question 3.

What is the relation between AM, GM, and HM?

Options:   

  1. AM * HM = GM2
  2. AM / HM = GM
  3. AM + HM = GM2
  4. AM – HM = GM2

Solution:

AM = a+b/2

GM = √ab

HM = 2ab/a+b

Therefore AM * HM = GM2

a+b/2 * 2ab/a+b = ab

Correct option: A

7 comments on “How To Solve Arthmetic And Harmonic Progression Quickly”


  • SHOURYA

    Let P = {2, 3, 4, ………. 100} and Q = {101, 102, 103, ….. 200}. How many elements of Q are there such that they do not have any element of P as a factor ?

    what is the method to find the prime no. between the numbers as soon as possible ?


  • Sadabrata

    type 3 harmonic progression. Please explain
    Question 2.
    Find the Harmonic mean of 6, 12, 18

    Options:

    10.12
    10.9
    10.06
    6.10
    Solution:
    We know that,

    HM = 3/0.298

    HM = 10.06

    Correct option: C


    • Gunasri

      formula= n/(1/a1 +1/a2 + 1/a3)
      6,12,18 we have 3 numbers
      so n=3
      then 3/(1/6 + 1/12 +1/18)


      • Naveen kumar

        ormula= n/(1/a1 +1/a2 + 1/a3)
        6,12,18 we have 3 numbers
        so n=3
        then 3/(1/6 + 1/12 +1/18)
        after using this formula we get 9.868 answer

        Find the Harmonic mean of 6, 12, 18
        Options:
        10.12
        10.9
        10.06
        6.10
        Solution:
        We know that,
        HM = 3/0.298
        HM = 10.06 ——-???


    • kirti

      Please explain
      type 3 harmonic progression.
      Question 2.
      Find the Harmonic mean of 6, 12, 18 Options: 10.12
      10.9
      10.06
      6.10
      Solution:
      We know that, HM = 3/0.298 HM = 10.06 Correct option: C