Arithmetic Progression Class 10 Notes

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Get the complete notes on arithmetic progressions class 10. These notes are useful for the students who are preparing for the CBSE board exams 2021-22. In this article, we will discuss the introduction to Arithmetic Progression (AP), general terms, and various formulas in AP such as the sum of n terms of an AP, nth term of an AP and so on in detail.

Introduction to AP

Sequences, Series and Progressions

  • A sequence is a finite or infinite list of numbers following a specific pattern. For example, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,… is the sequence, an infinite sequence of natural numbers.
  • A series is the sum of the elements in the corresponding sequence. For example, 1+2+3+4+5….is the series of natural numbers. Each number in a sequence or a series is called a term.
  • A progression is a sequence in which the general term can be can be expressed using a mathematical formula.

Arithmetic Progression

An arithmetic progression (AP) is a progression in which the difference between two consecutive terms is constant.
Example: 2, 5, 8, 11, 14…. is an arithmetic progression.

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Common Difference

The difference between two consecutive terms in an AP, (which is constant) is the “common difference(d) of an A.P. In the progression: 2, 5, 8, 11, 14 …the common difference is 3.
As it is the difference between any two consecutive terms, for any A.P, if the common difference is:

  •   positive, the AP is increasing.
  •   zero, the AP is constant.
  •   negative, the A.P is decreasing.

Finite and Infinite AP

  • A finite AP is an A.P in which the number of terms is finite. For example the A.P: 2, 5, 8……32, 35, 38 
  • An infinite A.P is an A.P in which the number of terms is infinite. For example: 2, 5, 8, 11…..

A finite A.P will have the last term, whereas an infinite A.P won’t.

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General Term of AP

The nth term of an AP

The nth term of an A.P is given by Tna+(n1)d, where a is the first term, d is a common difference and is the number of terms.

The general form of an AP

The general form of an A.P is: (a, a+d,a+2d,a+3d……) where a is the first term and d is a common difference. Here, d=0, OR d>0, OR d<0

Sum of Terms in an AP

The formula for the sum to n terms of an AP

The sum to n terms of an A.P is given by:


Where a is the first term, d is the common difference and n is the number of terms.

The sum of n terms of an A.P is also given by


Where a is the first term, l is the last term of the A.P. and n is the number of terms.

Arithmetic Mean (A.M)

The Arithmetic Mean is the simple average of a given set of numbers. The arithmetic mean of a set of numbers is given by:

A.MSum of terms/Number of terms

The arithmetic mean is defined for any set of numbers. The numbers need not necessarily be in an A.P.

Basic Adding Patterns in an AP

The sum of two terms that are equidistant from either end of an AP is constant.
For example:  in an A.P: 2,5,8,11,14,17…
T2+T5=5+14=19 and so on….
Algebraically, this can be represented as


Sum of first n natural numbers

The sum of first n natural numbers is given by:


This formula is derived by treating the sequence of natural numbers as an A.P where the first term (a) = 1 and the common difference (d) = 1.

All the formulas related to Arithmetic Progression class 10 are tabulated below:

First term a
Common difference d
General form of AP a, a + d, a + 2d, a + 3d,….
nth term an = a + (n – 1)d
Sum of first n terms Sn = (n/2) [2a + (n – 1)d]
Sum of all terms of AP S = (n/2)(a + l)
n = Number of terms
l = Last term

Practice Questions

  1. Find the sum: 34 + 32 + 30 + . . . + 10
  2. How many terms of the AP: 9, 17, 25, . . . must be taken to give a sum of 636?
  3. Find the sum of the odd numbers between 0 and 50.
  4. In a school, students thought of planting trees in and around the school to reduce air pollution. It was decided that the number of trees that each section of each class will plant will be the same as the class in which they are studying, e.g., a section of Class I will plant 1 tree, a section of Class II will plant 2 trees and so on till Class XII. There are three sections of each class. How many trees will be planted by the students?

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