Arithmetic Progressions: Class 10 Mathematics NCERT Chapter 5

Key Features of NCERT Material for Class 10 Mathematics Chapter 5 – Arithmetic Progressions

In the previous chapter 4, you learned about Quadratic Equations. In this chapter, you will learn about Arithmetic Progressions

Quick Revision Notes: 

A sequence is a course of action of numbers in a definite order and as indicated by some standard. 

Model: 1, 3, 5,7,9, … is where each successive term is 2 larger than the previous term and 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, … is where each term is the square of successive numbers. 


The different numbers happening in a sequence are called ‘terms’. Since the order of a sequence is fixed, consequently the terms are known by the position they possess in the sequence. 

Model: If the sequence is characterized as 

Arithmetic Progressions


An Arithmetic progression is an extraordinary instance of a sequence, where the distinction between a term and its former term is consistently constant, known as common contrast, i.e., d. The arithmetic progression is abridged as A.P. 

Common Difference 

The separation or 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 contrast is 3. 

As it is the contrast between any two consecutive terms, for any A.P, if the common distinction is: 

positive, the AP is incrementing. 

zero, the AP is constant. 

negative, the A.P is diminishing. 

Finite and Infinite AP 

A finite AP is an A.P wherein the quantity of terms is finite. For instance: the A.P: 2, 5, 8… … 32, 35, 38 

An infinite A.P is an A.P where the quantity of terms is infinite. Model: 3, 7, 11, 15… .. 

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

The general form of an A.P. is 

∴ a, a + d, a + 2d,… For instance, 7, 9, 11, 13.., Here the common difference is 2. Thus it is an A.P. 

In an A.P. with first term an and common distinction d, the nth term (or the general term) is given 

by . 

a = a + (n – 1)d. 

… where [a = first term, d is equal to common difference , n = term number 

General Term of AP 

The nth term of an AP 

The nth term of an A.P is given by Tn=a+(n−1)d, where an is the primary term, d is a common distinction and n is the quantity of terms. 

Addition of Terms in an AP 

The formula for the addition of n terms of an AP 

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


Where an is the principal term, d is the common difference and n is the quantity of terms. 

The total of n terms of an A.P is likewise given by 


Where an is the principal term, l is the last term of the A.P. furthermore, n is the quantity of terms. 

Model: To discover seventh term put n = 7 

∴ a7 = a + (7 – 1)d or a7 = a + 6d 

The addition of the main n terms of an A.P. is given by 

Sn = n/2[2a + (n – 1)d] 

Or Sn = n/2[a + 1] 

where, 1 is said to be the last term of the finite AP. 

In the event that a, b, c are in A.P. at that point b = a+c/2 and b is known as the arithmetic mean of a and b.

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