Given the following sequence, determine if it is arithmetic or not. If it is an Arithmetic Progression, find its general term. 5, 2, – 2, – 6, – 11, .....


6. Given the following sequence, determine if it is arithmetic or not. If it is an Arithmetic Progression, find its general term. 5, 2, – 2, – 6, – 11, .....

Sol. 5, 2, – 2, – 6, – 11, .....
t1 = 5, t2 = 2, t3 = – 2, t4 = – 6, t5 = – 11
t2 – t1 = 2 – 5 = – 3
t3 – t2 = – 2 – 2 = – 4
t4 – t3 = – 6 – (– 2) = – 6 + 2 = – 4
t5 – t4 = – 11 – (– 6) = – 11 + 6 = – 5

Here, The difference between two consecutive terms is not a constant.


 The sequence is not an A.P.