Arithmetic progression

Overview

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, an

**arithmetic progression**(AP) or

**arithmetic sequence**is a sequence

Sequence

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of number

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s such that the difference between the consecutive terms is constant. For instance, the sequence 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, … is an arithmetic progression with common difference 2.

If the initial term of an arithmetic progression is and the common difference of successive members is

*d*, then the

*n*th term of the sequence is given by:

and in general

A finite portion of an arithmetic progression is called a

**finite arithmetic progression**and sometimes just called an arithmetic progression.

The behavior of the arithmetic progression depends on the common difference

*d*.

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