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The sum of the first 20 terms of an arithmetic series is identical to the sum of the first 22 terms. If the common difference is -2, find the first term.

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  1. I bet the the series near zero does this...3, 1,-1, -3

    Now use your sum series to find the first term if the twentth term is 3.

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  2. sum of 20 = 10(2a + 19d)
    = 10(2a - 38)
    = 20a - 380
    sum of 22 = 11(2a + 21d)
    = 11(2a - 42)
    22a - 462

    22a - 462 = 20a - 380
    2a = 82
    a = 41

    first term is 41

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  3. There are n arithmetic means between 1 and 31 such that seventh mean :( n -1)th mean = 5 : 9. Find n.

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