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Question 31 : If the square of the 7^{th} term of an arithmetic progression with positive common difference equals the product of the 3^{rd} and 17^{th} terms, then the ratio of the first term to the common difference is :

- 2 : 3
- 3 : 2
- 3 : 4
- 4 : 3

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Given that the square of the 7^{th} term of an arithmetic progression with positive common difference equals the product of the 3^{rd} and 17^{th} terms

(a + 6d)^{2} = (a + 2d)(a + 16d)

We have to find the ratio of the first term to the common difference

⟹ (a + 6d)^{2} = (a + 2d)(a + 16d)

⟹ a^{2} + 12d + 36 = a^{2} + 2ad + 16ad + 32d^{2}

⟹ 4d^{2} + 12 ad – 18 ad = 0

⟹ 4d^{2} = 6ad

⟹ 4d = 6a

⟹ \\frac{a}{d}) = \\frac{4}{6}) = \\frac{2}{3})

The ratio of first term to the common difference is 2 : 3

The question is **"If the square of the 7 ^{th} term of an arithmetic progression with positive common difference equals the product of the 3^{rd} and 17^{th} terms, then the ratio of the first term to the common difference is :" **

Choice A is the correct answer

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