Suppose w,x,y,z are positive real numbers such that w,x,y,z form an increasing arithmetic sequence, and w,x,z form a geometric sequence.

What is the value of w/z ? The answer must be in fraction, dont divide it.

Thank you!!!

Guest May 10, 2022

#1**0 **

With a bit of trial and error, we can find the sequence to be 2,4,6,8.

Can you take it from here?

BuilderBoi May 10, 2022

#2**+1 **

I kind of understandbut could you please deeply elaborate on how to get the answer since I have multiple question like that so if you ahve a method I could find it useful.

Guest May 10, 2022

#3**+1 **

Sorry about that, hopefully, this will make it easier for you!!

Let x be the first term and a be a common difference.

We have the arithmetic sequence: \(x, x+a, x+ 2a, x+ 3a\) and the geometric sequence is: \(x, x+a, x+ 3a\)

From the geometric sequence, we can derive the equation: \(\large{{{x +a} \over x} ={ {x+3a} \over {x+a}}}\).

Basically, this equation states that the common difference between the first 2 terms (x+a and x) is the same as the common difference between the next 2 terms (x+3a and x+a).

From the geometric series, we know that \({{x+3a}\over x} = 2a\) (value of 3rd term divided by 1st term is 2 times the common difference)

When we solve this system, we find that \(x = a = 2\), meaning the series is 2,4,6,8.

BuilderBoi
May 10, 2022