Arithmetic and Geometric Progressions

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    Ram invest different amounts during the year on shares. S1, S2, S3……….Sm are different sums of ‘n’ amounts invested in ‘m’ years. If the amounts invested during the years are in A.P whose first terms are 1,2,3…..m and common difference are 1,3,5…..,(2m-1) respectively then find the total amount invested by Ram in ‘m’ years.
    1. n(m+1)
    2. m+1
    3. (mn+1)
    4. cannot be determined


  • Correct Answer
    Choice C. (mn+1)

Detailed Solution

Clearly, A/Q we have

S1 = * [2x1 + (n-1) x1] [∵ a=1 d=1]

S2 = * [2x2 + (n-1) x3] [∵ a=2 d=3]

S3 = * [2x3 + (n-1) x5] [∵ a=3 d=5]

Sm = * [2xm + (n-1) x (2m-1)] [∵a=m d= (2m-1)]

∴ (S1 + S2 + S3……+ Sm) = * [2x{1+2+3+4…+m} +(n-1)x{1+3+5….+(2m-1)}]

= * [{2x𝑚2(1+m)}+(n-1)x𝑚2{1+ (2m-1)}] [∵𝑆=𝑛2(𝑎+𝑙)]

= * [m(m+1) + m2(n-1)] = 𝑚𝑛2 [(m+1)+m(n-1)]

= (mn+1)

Correct Answer: (mn+1)

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