# The second term of an arithmetic sequence is 24 and the fifth Is 3 find the first term and common difference. Showing the solution guys pls.

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by amaya06amaya

2015-06-06T10:57:55+08:00

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I am not sure if there is a shorter way in solving this one, but I can show you a solution only that it is a bit longer though.

Overview:
24                           3

Formula:

We will focus first in:   24                           3
To find d:
Substitute:
for 3
for 24
n for 4
3 = 24 + ( 4 -1 )d
3 = 24 + 3d
3 - 24 = 3d
-21 = 3d
- 21 / 3 = 3d /3
-7 = d
We already have d = -7, we will go back to the original one.
24                           3

Substitute:

3 =  + (5 - 1) -7
3 =  + -28
3 =  - 28
3 + 28 =
31 =

So, the common difference (d) is -7, while the first term () is 31
Thank you jeremia it will help me a lot :)
2015-06-06T22:32:17+08:00

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We now have the common difference so: