# Mathematics Questions and Answers – Sum of N Terms of Arithmetic Progression

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This set of Mathematics Online Test for Class 10 focuses on “Sum of N Terms of Arithmetic Progression”.

1. The sum of n terms of an AP in which first term is a, common difference is d and last term is l, is Sn = $$\frac {n}{2}$$(a + l).
a) True
b) False

Explanation: Consider an AP having n terms in which
First term = a, common difference = d and last term = l.
Then, l = a + (n – 1)d
We may write the given AP as a, a + d, a + 2d …., (l – 2d), (l – d), l
Let Sn be the sum of the first n terms of the AP. Then,
Sn = a + (a + d) + (a + 2d) … + (l – 2d) + (l – d) + l
Writing the above series in reverse order, we get
Sn = (l – 2d) + (l – d) + l … + a + (a + d) + (a + 2d)
Adding the two equations we get,
2Sn = a + l + (a + l) + (a + l) … n times = n(a + l)
Sn = $$\frac {n}{2}$$(a + l)

2. The sum of first 20 terms of the AP 10, 12, 14, 16, 18…. is _________
a) 200
b) 580
c) 620
d) 440

Explanation: Here a = 10, d = 2 and n = 20.
We know that, Sn = $$\frac {n}{2}$$ (2a + (n – 1)d)
S20 = $$\frac {20}{2}$$ (2(10) + (20 – 1)2)
S20 = 10(20 + 38) = 580

3. The sum of 50 + 100 + 150 + 200 + …….. + 1000 is _________
a) 10000
b) 14400
c) 10500
d) 12100

Explanation: Here a = 50, d = 50 and Tn = 1000.
Tn = a + (n – 1)d = 1000
50 + (n – 1)50 = 1000
50 + 50n – 50 = 1000
n = 20
We know that, Sn = $$\frac {n}{2}$$ (a + l)
Sn = $$\frac {20}{2}$$ ((50) + 1000)
Sn = 10(50 + 1000) = 10500

4. The nth term if an AP is 5n + 2, then the sum of first n terms of the AP will be __________
a) $$\frac {n^2 – 8}{2}$$
b) $$\frac {n^2 + 8}{2}$$
c) $$\frac {n^2 – 9}{2}$$
d) $$\frac {n^2 + 9}{2}$$

Explanation: nth term = 5n + 2
Tn = 5n + 2
a = T1 = 5(1) + 2 = 7
d = T2 – T1 = 5(2) + 2 – (5 + 2) = 5
We know that, Sn = $$\frac {n}{2}$$ (2a + (n – 1)d)
Sn = $$\frac {n}{2}$$ (2(7) + (n – 1)5)
Sn = 7n + $$\frac {n^2}{2} – \frac {5n}{2} = \frac {n^2 + 9}{2}$$

5. What will be the sum of all 3-digit even positive numbers?
a) 247050
b) 269450
c) 269350
d) 269580

Explanation: The AP according to the given data will be 100, 102, 104, …, 998
Here a = 100 and d = 2
Tn = a + (n – 1)d = 998
100 + (n – 1)2 = 998
100 + 2n – 2 = 998
2n = 998 – 98
n = 450
We know that, Sn = $$\frac {n}{2}$$ (a + l)
Sn = $$\frac {450}{2}$$ ((100) + 998)
Sn = 225(100 + 998) = 247050

6. The sum of all 2 – digit numbers divisible by 19 will be __________
a) 345
b) 245
c) 275
d) 285

Explanation: The AP according to the given data will be 19, 38, 57, …, 95
Here a = 19 and d = 19
Tn = a + (n – 1)d = 95
19 + (n – 1)19 = 95
19 + 19n – 19 = 95
19n = 95
n = 5
We know that, Sn = $$\frac {n}{2}$$ (a + l)
Sn = $$\frac {5}{2}$$ ((19) + 95)
Sn = 285

7. What will be the sum of all natural numbers lying between 500 and 5000, which are divisible by 17?
a) 567898
b) 729810
c) 765835
d) 234526

Explanation: The AP according to the given data will be 510, 527, 544, …, 4998
Here a = 510 and d = 17
Tn = a + (n – 1)d = 4998
510 + (n – 1)17 = 4998
510 + 17n – 17 = 4998
17n = 4505
n = 265
We know that, Sn = $$\frac {n}{2}$$ (a + l)
Sn = $$\frac {265}{2}$$ ((510) + 4998)
Sn = 132.5(5508) = 729810

8. If the sum of first n terms of an AP is given by Sn = 4n2 + 6, then its first term will be _________
a) 4
b) 3
c) 5
d) 1

Explanation: The sum of first n terms of an AP is given by Sn = 4n2 + 6.
Substituting n by n – 1 in the given equation
Sn – 1 = 4(n – 1)2 + 6
Sn – 1 = 4n2 – 8n + 4 + 6
Sn – 1 = 4n2 – 8n + 10
∴ Tn = Sn – Sn – 1
Tn = 4n2 + 6 – (4n2 – 8n + 10)
Tn = 8n – 4
The first term will be T1 = 8(1) – 4 = 4

9. How many terms of the AP 5,10,15,20….. must be added to get a sum of 330?
a) -11
b) -12
c) 12
d) 11

Explanation: Here a = 5, d = 5 and Sn = 330
We know that, Sn = $$\frac {n}{2}$$ (2a + (n – 1)d)
330 = $$\frac {n}{2}$$ (2(5) + (n – 1)5)
330 = $$\frac {n}{2}$$ (10 + 5n – 5)
330 = $$\frac {n}{2}$$ (5 + 5n)
330 = $$\frac {5n^2+5n}{2}$$
660 = 5n2 + 5n
n2 + n – 132 = 0
n = -12, 11
Since, n cannot be negative
Hence value of n is 11.

10. The sum of the first 10 terms of an AP is the same as the sum of its first 5 terms, then the sum of its 15th term will be _______
a) 1
b) 0
c) 2
d) 3

Explanation: The sum of the first 10 terms of an AP is the same as the sum of its first 5 terms
S10 = S5
$$\frac {10}{2}$$ (2a + (10 – 1)d) = $$\frac {5}{2}$$ (2a + (5 – 1)d)
5(2a + 9d) = $$\frac {5}{2}$$ (2a + 4d)
5(2a + 9d) = 5(a + 2d)
(2a + 9d) = (a + 2d)
2a – a = 2d – 9d
a = – 7d
S15 = $$\frac {n}{2}$$ (2a + (n – 1)d)
= $$\frac {15}{2}$$ (2a + (15 – 1)d)
= $$\frac {15}{2}$$ (2a + 14d)
= 15(a + 7d)
= 15(-7d + 7d) = 0

11. The sum of the first 12 terms of an AP is 15 and the sum of its first 15 terms is 12, then the sum of its first 27 terms will be __________
a) -24
b) 24
c) 27
d) -27

Explanation: The sum of the first 12 terms of an AP is 15
S12 = 15
$$\frac {n}{2}$$ (2a + (n – 1)d) = 15
$$\frac {12}{2}$$ (2a + (12 – 1)d) = 15
6(2a + 11d) = 15
12a + 66d = 15
4a + 22d = 5     (1)
The sum of its first 15 terms is 12
S15 = 12
$$\frac {n}{2}$$ (2a + (n – 1)d) = 12
$$\frac {15}{2}$$ (2a + (15 – 1)d) = 12
$$\frac {15}{2}$$ (2a + 14d) = 12
15(a + 7d) = 12
15a + 105d = 12
5a + 35d = 4     (2)
On subtracting (2) from (1)
4a + 22d – (5a + 35d) = 5 – 4
-a – 13d = 1
a + 13d = -1     (3)
Now, S27 = $$\frac {n}{2}$$ (2a + (n – 1)d) = $$\frac {27}{2}$$ (2a + (27 – 1)d) = $$\frac {27}{2}$$ (2a + 26d) = 27(a + 13d) = -27 from (3).

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