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Sam writes down the numbers 1, 3, 8. Max then adds the same number x to each of Sam’s numbers, to obtain a geometric sequence. What is x?

 Jul 10, 2020
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So we know that \(\dfrac{3+x}{1+x} = k\), and \(\dfrac{8+x}{3+x} = k\)

8 + x = 3k + kx

3 + x = k + kx

 

Subtracting the second equation from the first one, we get 5 = 2k 

This means k = 5/2 = 2.5 :D

 

Putting that into the second equation, we get:

3 + x = 2.5 + 2.5x

0.5 = 1.5x

x = 0.5 / 1.5 = 1/3

 

So, your answer is \(\fbox{$\dfrac{1}{3}$}\) :D

 Jul 10, 2020
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I was testing :)

ryanthemathboi  Jul 10, 2020

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