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If the 3rd and the 9th terms of an AP are 4 and – 8 respectively, which term of this AP is zero?

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Solution: Given, a3 = 4 and a9 = - 8

a3 = a + 2d = 4

a9 = a + 8d = - 8

Subtracting 3rd term from 9th term, we get;

a + 8d – a – 2d = - 8 – 4 = - 12

Or, 6d = - 12

Or, d = - 2

Substituting the value of d in 3rd term, we get;

a + 2(-2) = 4

Or, a – 4 = 4

Or, a = 8

Now; 0 = a + (n – 1)d

Or, 0 = 8 + (n – 1)(- 2)

Or, (n – 1)(- 2) = - 8

Or, n – 1 = 4

Or, n = 5

Thus, 5th term of this AP is zero.

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