NCERT Solutions for Class 11 Maths Chapter 9 Sequences And Series Miscellaneous Exercise

The solutions for the questions present in the last exercise of ninth chapter, of class 11 maths textbook is given here. These PDFs can be downloaded from the link given below.

The Miscellaneous Exercise of NCERT Solutions for Class 11 Maths Chapter 9- Sequences and Series is based on the following topics:

  1. Introduction
  2. Sequences
  3. Series
  4. Arithmetic Progression (A.P.)
  5. Geometric Progression (G.P.)
  6. Relationship Between A.M. and G.M.
  7. Sum to n terms of Special Series

By understanding the concepts used in NCERT Solutions for Class 11 Maths, students will be able to clear all their doubts related to topics present in class 11 maths, in turn getting a firm foundation for class 12 maths.

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1. Show that the sum of (m + n)th and (m – n)th terms of an A.P. is equal to twice the mth term.

Solution:

Let’s take a and d to be the first term and the common difference of the A.P. respectively.

We know that, the kth term of an A. P. is given by

ak = a + (k –1) d

So, am + n = a + (m + n –1) d

And, am – n = a + (m – n –1) d

am a + (m –1) d

Thus,

am + n + am – n  = a + (m + n –1) d + a + (m – n –1) d

= 2a + (m + n –1 + m – n –1) d

= 2a + (2m – 2) d

= 2a + 2 (m – 1) d

=2 [a + (m – 1) d]

= 2am

Therefore, the sum of (m + n)th and (m – n)th terms of an A.P. is equal to twice the mth term

2. If the sum of three numbers in A.P., is 24 and their product is 440, find the numbers.

Solution:

Let’s consider the three numbers in A.P. as a – da, and a + d.

Then, from the question we have

(a – d) + (a) + (a + d) = 24 … (i)

3a = 24

∴ a = 8

And,

(a – da (a + d) = 440 … (ii)

(8 – d) (8) (8 + d) = 440

(8 – d) (8 + d) = 55

64 – d2 = 55

d2 = 64 – 55 = 9

= ± 3

Thus,

When d = 3, the numbers are 5, 8, and 11 and

When d = –3, the numbers are 11, 8, and 5.

Therefore, the three numbers are 5, 8, and 11.

3. Let the sum of n, 2n, 3n terms of an A.P. be S1, S2 and S3, respectively, show that S3 = 3 (S2– S1)

Solution:

Let’s take a and d to be the first term and the common difference of the A.P. respectively.

So, we have

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4. Find the sum of all numbers between 200 and 400 which are divisible by 7.

Solution:

First let’s find the numbers between 200 and 400 which are divisible by 7.

The numbers are:

203, 210, 217, … 399

Here, the first term, a = 203

Last term, l = 399 and

Common difference, d = 7

Let’s consider the number of terms of the A.P. to be n.

Hence, an = 399 = a + (n –1) d

399 = 203 + (n –1) 7

7 (n –1) = 196

n –1 = 28

n = 29

Then, the sum of 29 terms of the A.P is given by:

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Therefore, the required sum is 8729.

5. Find the sum of integers from 1 to 100 that are divisible by 2 or 5.

Solution:

First let’s find the integers from 1 to 100, which are divisible by 2.

And, they are 2, 4, 6… 100.

Clearly, this forms an A.P. with the first term and common difference both equal to 2.

So, we have

100 = 2 + (n –1) 2

n = 50

Hence, the sum is

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Now, the integers from 1 to 100, which are divisible by 5, are 5, 10… 100.

This also forms an A.P. with the first term and common difference both equal to 5.

So, we have

100 = 5 + (n –1) 5

5n = 100

n = 20

Hence, the sum is

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Lastly, the integers which are divisible by both 2 and 5, are 10, 20, … 100.

And this also forms an A.P. with the first term and common difference both equal to 10.

So, we have

100 = 10 + (n –1) (10)

100 = 10n

n = 10

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Thus, the required sum = 2550 + 1050 – 550 = 3050

Therefore, the sum of the integers from 1 to 100, which are divisible by 2 or 5, is 3050.

6. Find the sum of all two digit numbers which when divided by 4, yields 1 as remainder.

Solution:

We have to first find the two-digit numbers, which when divided by 4, yield 1 as remainder.

They are: 13, 17, … 97.

As it’s seen that this series forms an A.P. with first term (a) 13 and common difference (d) 4.

Let n be the number of terms of the A.P.

We know that, the nth term of an A.P. is given by,

an = a + (n –1) d

So, 97 = 13 + (n –1) (4)

4 (n –1) = 84

n – 1 = 21

n = 22

Now, the sum of n terms of an A.P. is given by,

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Therefore, the required sum is 1210.

7. If is a function satisfying f(x + y) = f(x) f(y) for all x, y ∈ N such thatNCERT Solutions Class 11 Mathematics Chapter 9 misc ex. - 7, find the value of n.

Solution:

Given that,

(x + y) = (x) × (y) for all xy ∈ N … (1)

(1) = 3

Taking x = y = 1 in (1), we have

f (1 + 1) = (2) = (1) (1) = 3 × 3 = 9

Similarly,

(1 + 1 + 1) = (3) = (1 + 2) = (1) (2) = 3 × 9 = 27

And, (4) = (1 + 3) = f (1) (3) = 3 × 27 = 81

Thus, (1), (2), (3), …, that is 3, 9, 27, …, forms a G.P. with the first term and common ratio both equal to 3.

We know that sum of terms in G.P is given by,

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And it’s given that,

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Hence, the sum of terms of the function is 120.

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Therefore, the value of n is 4.

8. The sum of some terms of G.P. is 315 whose first term and the common ratio are 5 and 2, respectively. Find the last term and the number of terms.

Solution:

Given that the sum of some terms in a G.P is 315.

Let the number of terms be n.

We know that, sum of terms is

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Given that the first term a is 5 and common ratio is 2.

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Hence, the last term of the G.P = 6th term = ar6 – 1 = (5)(2)5 = (5)(32) = 160

Therefore, the last term of the G.P. is 160.

9. The first term of a G.P. is 1. The sum of the third term and fifth term is 90. Find the common ratio of G.P.

Solution:

Let’s consider a and r to be the first term and the common ratio of the G.P. respectively.

Given, a = 1

a3 = ar2 = r2

a5 = ar4 = r4

Then, from the question we have

r2 + r4 = 90

r4 + r2 – 90 = 0

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Therefore, the common ratio of the G.P. is ±3.

10. The sum of three numbers in G.P. is 56. If we subtract 1, 7, 21 from these numbers in that order, we obtain an arithmetic progression. Find the numbers.

Solution:

Let’s consider the three numbers in G.P. to be as aar, and ar2.

Then from the question, we have

a + ar + ar2 = 56

a (1 + r + r2) = 56

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Also, given

a – 1, ar – 7, ar2 – 21 forms an A.P.

So, (ar – 7) – (a – 1) = (ar2 – 21) – (ar – 7)

ar – a – 6 = ar– ar – 14

ar– 2ar + a = 8

ar– ar – ar + a = 8

a(r+ 1 – 2r) = 8

(r – 1)2 = 8 … (2)

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7(r2 – 2r + 1) = 1 + r + r2

7r2 – 14 r + 7 – 1 – r – r2 = 0

6r2 – 15r + 6 = 0

6r2 – 12r – 3r + 6 = 0

6r (r – 2) – 3 (r – 2) = 0

(6r – 3) (r – 2) = 0

r = 2, 1/2

When r = 2, a = 8

When r = ½, a = 32

Thus,

When r = 2, the three numbers in G.P. are 8, 16, and 32.

When r = 1/2, the three numbers in G.P. are 32, 16, and 8.

Therefore in either case, the required three numbers are 8, 16, and 32.

11. A G.P. consists of an even number of terms. If the sum of all the terms is 5 times the sum of terms occupying odd places, then find its common ratio.

Solution:

Let’s consider the terms in the G.P.to be T1, T2, T3, T4, … T2n.

The number of terms = 2n

Then, from the question we have

T1 + T2 + T3 + …+ T2n = 5 [T1 + T3 + … +T2n–1]

T1 + T2 + T3 + … + T2n – 5 [T1 + T3 + … + T2n–1] = 0

T2 + T4 + … + T2n = 4 [T1 + T3 + … + T2n–1] …… (1)

Now, let the terms in G.P. be aarar2ar3, …

Then (1) becomes,

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ar = 4a

r = 4

Thus, the common ratio of the G.P. is 4.

12. The sum of the first four terms of an A.P. is 56. The sum of the last four terms is 112. If its first term is 11, then find the number of terms.

Solution:

Let’s consider the terms in A.P. to be aa + da + 2da + 3d, … a + (n – 2) da + (n – 1)d.

From the question, we have

Sum of first four terms = a + (a + d) + (a + 2d) + (a + 3d) = 4a + 6d

Sum of last four terms = [a + (n – 4) d] + [a + (n – 3) d] + [a + (n – 2) d] + [a + n – 1) d]

= 4a + (4n – 10) d

Then according to the given condition,

4a + 6d = 56

4(11) + 6d = 56 [Since a = 11 (given)]

6d = 12

d = 2

Hence, 4a + (4n –10) d = 112

4(11) + (4n – 10)2 = 112

(4n – 10)2 = 68

4n – 10 = 34

4n = 44

n = 11

Therefore, the number of terms of the A.P. is 11.

13. IfNCERT Solutions Class 11 Mathematics Chapter 9 misc ex. - 17, then show that abc and d are in G.P.

Solution:

Given,

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On cross multiplying, we have

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On cross multiplying, we have

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From (1) and (2), we get

b/a = c/b = d/c

Therefore, a, b, c and d are in G.P.

14. Let S be the sum, P the product and R the sum of reciprocals of n terms in a G.P. Prove that P2Rn = Sn

Solution:

Let the terms in G.P. be aarar2ar3, … arn – 1

Form the question, we have

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Hence, P2 Rn = Sn

15. The pthqth and rth terms of an A.P. are a, b, c respectively.

Show that (q – r) a + (r – p) b + (p -q) c = 0

Solution:

Let’s assume t and d to be the first term and the common difference of the A.P. respectively.

Then the nth term of the A.P. is given by, an + (n – 1d

Thus,

ap = t + (p – 1d = a  … (1)

aq = t + (q – 1) d = b  … (2)

ar = t + (r – 1d = c  … (3)

On subtracting equation (2) from (1), we get

(p – 1 – q + 1) d = a – b

(p – qd = a – b

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On subtracting equation (3) from (2), we get

(q – 1 – r + 1) d = b – c

(q – rd = b – c

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Equating both the values of d obtained in (4) and (5), we get

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Therefore, the given result is proved.

16. If aNCERT Solutions Class 11 Mathematics Chapter 9 misc ex. - 27are in A.P., prove that a, b, c are in A.P.

Solution:

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17. If a, b, c, d are in G.P, prove that (an + bn), (bn + cn), (cn + dn) are in G.P.

Solution:

Given, a, b, c,and d are in G.P.

So, we have

b2 = ac … (i)

c2 = bd … (ii)

ad = bc … (iii)

Required to prove (an + bn), (bn + cn), (cn + dn) are in G.P. i.e.,

(bn + cn)2 = (an + bn) (cn + dn)

Taking L.H.S.

(bn + cn)2 = b2+ 2bncn + c2n

= (b2)n+ 2bncn + (c2) n

= (ac)n + 2bncn + (bd)n  [Using (i) and (ii)]

an cn + bncnbn cn + bn dn

an cn + bncnan dn + bn dn  [Using (iii)]

cn (an + bn) + dn (an + bn)

= (an + bn) (cn + dn)

= R.H.S.

Therefore, (an + bn), (bn + cn), and (cn + dn) are in G.P

– Hence proved.

18. If a and are the roots of x2 – 3x + p = 0 and c, dare roots of x2 – 12x + q = 0, where a, b, cd, form a G.P. Prove that (q + p): (q – p) = 17:15.

Solution:

Given, a and b are the roots of x– 3p = 0

So, we have a + b = 3 and ab = p  … (i)

Also, c and d are the roots of x2 – 12x + q = 0

So, d = 12 and cd = q  … (ii)

And given abcd are in G.P.

Let’s take xb = xrc = xr2d = xr3

From (i) and (ii), we get

x + xr = 3

x (1 + r) = 3

And,

xr2 + xr3 =12

xr(1 + r) = 12

On dividing, we get

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When r = 2, x = 3/(1 + 2) = 3/3 = 1

When r = -2, x = 3/(1 – 2) = 3/-1 = -3

Case I:

When r = 2 and x =1,

ab = x2r = 2

cd = x2r5 = 32

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Case II:

When = –2, = –3,

ab = x2r = –18

cd = x2r5 = – 288

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Therefore, in both the cases, we get (q + p): (q – p) = 17:15\

19. The ratio of the A.M and G.M. of two positive numbers a and b, is m: n. Show that NCERT Solutions Class 11 Mathematics Chapter 9 misc ex. - 32.

Solution:

Let the two numbers be a and b.

A.M = (a + b)/ 2 and G.M. = √ab

From the question, we have

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20. If a, b, c are in A.P,; b, c, d are in G.P and 1/c, 1/d, 1/e are in A.P. prove that a, c, e are in G.P.

Solution:

Given abc are in A.P.

Hence, b – a = c – b  … (1)

And, given that bcd are in G.P.

So, c2 = bd  … (2)

Also, 1/c, 1/d, 1/e are in A.P.

So,

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Now, required to prove that ace are in G.P. i.e., c2 = ae

From (1), we have

2b = a + c

b = (a + c)/ 2

And from (2), we have

d = c2/ b

On substituting these values in (3), we get

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Therefore, ac, and e are in G.P.

21. Find the sum of the following series up to n terms:

(i) 5 + 55 + 555 + … (ii) .6 + .66 + . 666 + …

Solution:

(i) Given, 5 + 55 + 555 + …

Let Sn = 5 + 55 + 555 + ….. up to n terms

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(ii) Given, .6 + .66 + . 666 + …

Let Sn = 06. + 0.66 + 0.666 + … up to n terms

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22. Find the 20th term of the series 2 × 4 + 4 × 6 + 6 × 8 + … + n terms.

Solution:

Given series is 2 × 4 + 4 × 6 + 6 × 8 + … n terms

∴ nth term = an = 2n × (2n + 2) = 4n2 + 4n

The 20th term,

a20 = 4 (20)2 + 4(20) = 4 (400) + 80 = 1600 + 80 = 1680

Therefore, the 20th term of the series is 1680.

23. Find the sum of the first n terms of the series: 3 + 7 + 13 + 21 + 31 + …

Solution:

The given series is 3 + 7 + 13 + 21 + 31 + …

S = 3 + 7 + 13 + 21 + 31 + …+ an–1 an

S = 3 + 7 + 13 + 21 + …. + an – 2 a– 1 + an

On subtracting both the equations, we get

S – S = [3 + (7 + 13 + 21 + 31 + …+ an–1 an)] – [(3 + 7 + 13 + 21 + 31 + …+ an–1) an]

S – S = 3 + [(7 – 3) + (13 – 7) + (21 – 13) + … + (an – an–1)] – an

0 = 3 + [4 + 6 + 8 + … (n –1) terms] – an

an = 3 + [4 + 6 + 8 + … (n –1) terms]

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24. If S1, S2, S3 are the sum of first n natural numbers, their squares and their cubes, respectively, show that 9S22 = S3 (1 + 8S1).

Solution:

From the question, we have

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Therefore, from (1) and (2), we have 9S22 = S3 (1 + 8S1).

25. Find the sum of the following series up to n terms:NCERT Solutions Class 11 Mathematics Chapter 9 misc ex. - 40

Solution:

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26. Show that 

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Solution:

nth term of the numerator = n(n + 1)2 = n3 + 2n2 + n

nth term of the denominator = n2(n + 1) = n3 + n2

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27. A farmer buys a used tractor for Rs 12000. He pays Rs 6000 cash and agrees to pay the balance in annual installments of Rs 500 plus 12% interest on the unpaid amount. How much will be the tractor cost him?

Solution:

Given, the farmer pays Rs 6000 in cash.

So, the unpaid amount = Rs 12000 – Rs 6000 = Rs 6000

From the question, the interest paid annually will be

12% of 6000, 12% of 5500, 12% of 5000, …, 12% of 500

Hence, the total interest to be paid = 12% of 6000 + 12% of 5500 + 12% of 5000 + … + 12% of 500

= 12% of (6000 + 5500 + 5000 + … + 500)

= 12% of (500 + 1000 + 1500 + … + 6000)

It’s seen that, the series 500, 1000, 1500 … 6000 is an A.P. with the first term and common difference both equal to 500.

Let’s take the number of terms of the A.P. to be n.

So, 6000 = 500 + (n – 1) 500

1 + (n – 1) = 12

n = 12

Now,

The sum of the A.P = 12/2 [2(500) + (12 – 1)(500)] = 6 [1000 + 5500] = 6(6500) = 39000

Hence, the total interest to be paid = 12% of (500 + 1000 + 1500 + … + 6000)

= 12% of 39000 = Rs 4680

Therefore, the tractor will cost the farmer = (Rs 12000 + Rs 4680) = Rs 16680

28. Shamshad Ali buys a scooter for Rs 22000. He pays Rs 4000 cash and agrees to pay the balance in annual installment of Rs 1000 plus 10% interest on the unpaid amount. How much will the scooter cost him?

Solution:

Given, Shamshad Ali buys a scooter for Rs 22000 and pays Rs 4000 in cash.

So, the unpaid amount = Rs 22000 – Rs 4000 = Rs 18000

Form the question, it’s understood that the interest paid annually is

10% of 18000, 10% of 17000, 10% of 16000 … 10% of 1000

Hence, the total interest to be paid = 10% of 18000 + 10% of 17000 + 10% of 16000 + … + 10% of 1000

= 10% of (18000 + 17000 + 16000 + … + 1000)

= 10% of (1000 + 2000 + 3000 + … + 18000)

It’s seen that, 1000, 2000, 3000 … 18000 forms an A.P. with first term and common difference both equal to 1000.

Let’s take the number of terms to be n.

So, 18000 = 1000 + (n – 1) (1000)

n = 18

Now, the sum of the A.P is given by:

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Thus,

Total interest paid = 10% of (18000 + 17000 + 16000 + … + 1000)

= 10% of Rs 171000 = Rs 17100

Therefore, the cost of scooter = Rs 22000 + Rs 17100 = Rs 39100

29. A person writes a letter to four of his friends. He asks each one of them to copy the letter and mail to four different persons with instruction that they move the chain similarly. Assuming that the chain is not broken and that it costs 50 paise to mail one letter. Find the amount spent on the postage when 8th set of letter is mailed.

Solution:

It’s seen that,

The numbers of letters mailed forms a G.P.: 4, 42, … 48

Here, first term = 4 and common ratio = 4

And the number of terms = 8

The sum of n terms of a G.P. is given by:

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Also, given that the cost to mail one letter is 50 paisa.

Hence, Cost of mailing 87380 letters = Rs 87380 x (50/100) = Rs 43690 = Rs 43690

Therefore, the amount spent when 8th set of letter is mailed will be Rs 43690.

30. A man deposited Rs 10000 in a bank at the rate of 5% simple interest annually. Find the amount in 15th year since he deposited the amount and also calculate the total amount after 20 years.

Solution:

Given, the man deposited Rs 10000 in a bank at the rate of 5% simple interest annually.

Hence, the interest in first year = (5/100) x Rs 10000 = Rs 500

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Mathematics Chapter 9 misc ex. - 47So, Amount in 15th year = Rs

= Rs 10000 + 14 × Rs 500

= Rs 10000 + Rs 7000

= Rs 17000

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Mathematics Chapter 9 misc ex. - 48And, the amount after 20 years =

= Rs 10000 + 20 × Rs 500

= Rs 10000 + Rs 10000

= Rs 20000

Therefore, the amount in the 15th year is Rs 17000 and the total amount after 20 years will be Rs 20000.

31. A manufacturer reckons that the value of a machine, which costs him Rs 15625, will depreciate each year by 20%. Find the estimated value at the end of 5 years.

Solution:

Given, the cost of machine = Rs 15625

Also, given that the machine depreciates by 20% every year.

Hence, its value after every year is 80% of the original cost i.e., 4/5th of the original cost.

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Mathematics Chapter 9 misc ex. - 49Therefore, the value at the end of 5 years =

= 5 × 1024 = 5120

Thus, the value of the machine at the end of 5 years will be Rs 5120.

32. 150 workers were engaged to finish a job in a certain number of days. 4 workers dropped out on second day, 4 more workers dropped out on third day and so on. It took 8 more days to finish the work. Find the number of days in which the work was completed.

Solution:

Let’s assume x to be the number of days in which 150 workers finish the work.

Then from the question, we have

150x = 150 + 146 + 142 + …. (x + 8) terms

The series 150 + 146 + 142 + …. (x + 8) terms is an A.P.

With first term (a) = 150, common difference (d) = –4 and number of terms (n) = (x + 8)

Now, finding the sum of terms:

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Mathematics Chapter 9 misc ex. - 50

As x cannot be negative. [Number of days is always a positive quantity]

x = 17

Hence, the number of days in which the work should have been completed is 17.

But, due to the dropping out of workers the number of days in which the work is completed

= (17 + 8) = 25

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