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Progressive terms assumption!

  1. Apr 23, 2012 #1
    "If we have to take three terms in an AP, it is convenient ti take them as a-d,a,a+d. In general, we take a-rd,a-(r-1)d,....,a-d,a,a+d, in case we have to take (2r+1) terms in an AP."

    What do they mean by the portion in bold?
    What is 'r' here ?
     
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  3. Apr 23, 2012 #2

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    r is an integer related to the total number of terms in the sequence (2r+1). I am not aware of the context.

    The author (for some reason) is counting an arithmetic progression with an odd number of terms by starting in the middle and counting r terms in each direction. I have no idea what the point is. Usually a discussion of AP will start with the first term, while the number of terms may be odd or even.
     
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