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CMA Foundation Business Mathematics (AP) Arithmetic Progression Formula

(AP) Arithmetic Progression Formula Properties, Application & Examples

(AP) Arithmetic Progression Formula Properties, Application & Examples

Arithmetic Progression (AP) is a sequence of numbers all together wherein the difference of any two consecutive numbers is a constant value.

For instance, the arrangement of numbers: 2,4,6,8,… is an AP, as the difference between two consecutive terms is 4-2=2. Indeed, even on account of odd numbers and even numbers, we can see the basic contrast between two progressive terms will be equivalent to 2.

In the event that we see in our customary lives, we go over Arithmeticprogression frequently. For instance, roll numbers of students in a class, days in a week, or months in a year. This example of arrangement and successions has been summed up in Maths as progressions.

This article on Arithmetic Progression will sprinkle on all the aspects of AP and is helpful for both Class 10 Maths and CA/CMA Foundation Fundamentals of Business Mathematics and Statistics. Let’s dive in to understand Arithmetic Progression with Example;


On the off chance that a similar number is included or deducted from each term of an A.P, at that point, the subsequent terms in the succession are likewise in A.P with similar basic contrast.

In the event that each term in an A.P is divided or multiplied with the equivalent non-zero number, at that point, the subsequent sequence is additionally in an A.P

Three number x, y, and z are in an A.P if 2y=x+z

A sequence is an A.P if its nth term is a linear expression.

In the event that we select terms in the ordinary stretch from an A.P, these chose terms will likewise be in AP.



Taking a gander at this definition I can say that arithmetic progression can be applied, in actuality, by examining a specific example that we find in our everyday life.

For instance, old unwavering is a characteristic fountain (at the Yellowstone public park) that produces long ejections that are effectively unsurprising and shockingly nobody controls it!

The time between emissions depends on the length of the past ejection.

On the off chance that an ejection endures one moment, at that point the following emission will happen in roughly 46 minutes.
On the off chance that an ejection goes on for 2 minutes, at that point the following emission will happen quickly.

The emissions accordingly happen in the succession of 46, 58, 70, 82, 94…. with a typical contrast of 12. This example will prove to be useful whenever you visit Yellowstone Public Park.

Another model is the point at which you are hanging tight for transport. Accepting that the traffic is moving at a steady speed you can anticipate when the following transport will come.

In the event that you ride a taxi, this additionally has a number of juggling grouping. When you ride a taxi, you will be charging an underlying rate and afterward a for each mile or per kilometer charge. This show and number-crunching grouping that for each kilometer you will be charged a specific consistent rate in addition to the underlying rate.

An arithmetic sequence can be applied in practically all parts of our lives. We simply need to examine how it very well may be utilized in our everyday life. Knowing about this sort of grouping can give us an alternate point of view on how things occur in our lives.

Learn through visuals; browse the full video from here – Sequence & Series – Arithmetic Progression in accordance with CMA Foundation Fundamentals of Business Mathematics and Statistics

In AP, we will come across three main terms, which are denoted as:
Common difference (d)
nth Term (an)
Sum of the first n terms (Sn)


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If a1,a2,a3,…,an is an A.P., then the common difference is given as follows:


Here, d can be positive, negative or zero.

In terms of common difference(d), A.P. can be written as follows:


Here, a is the first term.

And term of an A.P.

Here,  is the first term,  is a common difference,  refers to the number of terms and refers to the term.


The finite portion of an Arithmetic Progression (AP) is known as limited AP and thus the entirety of limited AP is known as arithmetic series. The conduct of the succession relies upon the estimation of a typical contrast:

  • On the off chance that the estimation of “d” is positive, at that point the terms will develop towards positive infinity
  • In the event that the estimation of “d” is negative, at that point the terms develop towards negative infinity



For any progression, the sum of n terms can be effectively determined. For an AP, the whole of the principal n terms can be determined if the primary term and the all-out terms are known. The formula for the arithmetic progression sum is explained below:


This is the AP sum formula to find the sum of n terms in series.

Sum of n terms when the last term (l) is given
S=n/2 (a+l)


Ques 1: Find the value of n if a=5,d=2,a_n=40
Put a=4,d=2,an=40


Ques 2: Find the sum of the first 20 multiples of 5
Multiples of 5 are 5,10,15,…


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