Let \(a_1,a_2,a_3,...\)be an arithmetic sequence. If \((a_4)/(a_2)=3\), what is \(a_5/a_3\)
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For arithmetic problems, I like using variables.
First term = x
Common difference = y
We can define an arithmetic sequence this way:
x + (x + y) + (x + 2y) + (x + 3y)....
Set up and solve:
Let us get rid of the fraction in (1) by multiplying both sides by (x+y)
x + 3y = 3x + 3y
-2x = 0
x = 0
Wow! The first term is 0.
Let us plug that into (2).