Arithmetic progression
In mathematics, an arithmetic progression (AP) or arithmetic sequence is a sequence of numbers such that the difference between the consecutive terms is constant. For instance, the sequence 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, . . . is an arithmetic progression with common difference of 2.
If the initial term of an arithmetic progression is and the common difference of successive members is d, then the nth term of the sequence () is given by:
 ,
and in general
 .
A finite portion of an arithmetic progression is called a finite arithmetic progression and sometimes just called an arithmetic progression. The sum of a finite arithmetic progression is called an arithmetic series.
The behavior of the arithmetic progression depends on the common difference d. If the common difference is:
 positive, then the members (terms) will grow towards positive infinity;
 negative, then the members (terms) will grow towards negative infinity.
Contents
Sum
2  +  5  +  8  +  11  +  14  =  40 
14  +  11  +  8  +  5  +  2  =  40 


16  +  16  +  16  +  16  +  16  =  80 
The sum of the members of a finite arithmetic progression is called an arithmetic series. For example, consider the sum:
This sum can be found quickly by taking the number n of terms being added (here 5), multiplying by the sum of the first and last number in the progression (here 2 + 14 = 16), and dividing by 2:
In the case above, this gives the equation:
This formula works for any real numbers and . For example:
Derivation
To derive the above formula, begin by expressing the arithmetic series in two different ways:
Adding both sides of the two equations, all terms involving d cancel:
Dividing both sides by 2 produces a common form of the equation:
An alternate form results from reinserting the substitution: :
Furthermore, the mean value of the series can be calculated via: :
In 499 AD Aryabhata, a prominent mathematicianastronomer from the classical age of Indian mathematics and Indian astronomy, gave this method in the Aryabhatiya (section 2.18).
Product
The product of the members of a finite arithmetic progression with an initial element a_{1}, common differences d, and n elements in total is determined in a closed expression
where denotes the rising factorial and denotes the Gamma function. (Note however that the formula is not valid when is a negative integer or zero.)
This is a generalization from the fact that the product of the progression is given by the factorial and that the product
for positive integers and is given by
Taking the example from above, the product of the terms of the arithmetic progression given by a_{n} = 3 + (n1)(5) up to the 50th term is
Standard deviation
The standard deviation of any arithmetic progression can be calculated as
where is the number of terms in the progression and is the common difference between terms.
Intersections
The intersection of any two doubly infinite arithmetic progressions is either empty or another arithmetic progression, which can be found using the Chinese remainder theorem. If each pair of progressions in a family of doubly infinite arithmetic progressions have a nonempty intersection, then there exists a number common to all of them; that is, infinite arithmetic progressions form a Helly family.^{[1]} However, the intersection of infinitely many infinite arithmetic progressions might be a single number rather than itself being an infinite progression.
Summary of formulas
If
 is the first term of an arithmetic progression.
 is the nth term of an arithmetic progression.
 is the difference between terms of the arithmetic progression.
 is the number of terms in the arithmetic progression.
 is the sum of n terms in the arithmetic progression.
 is the mean value of arithmetic series.
then
 1.
 2.
 3.
 4.
 5. =
 6.
See also
 Primes in arithmetic progression
 Linear difference equation
 Arithmeticogeometric sequence
 Generalized arithmetic progression, a set of integers constructed as an arithmetic progression is, but allowing several possible differences
 Harmonic progression
 Heronian triangles with sides in arithmetic progression
 Problems involving arithmetic progressions
 Utonality
References
 ^ Duchet, Pierre (1995), "Hypergraphs", in Graham, R. L.; Grötschel, M.; Lovász, L., Handbook of combinatorics, Vol. 1, 2, Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 381–432, MR 1373663. See in particular Section 2.5, "Helly Property", pp. 393–394.
 Sigler, Laurence E. (trans.) (2002). Fibonacci's Liber Abaci. SpringerVerlag. pp. 259–260. ISBN 0387954198.
External links
 Hazewinkel, Michiel, ed. (2001) [1994], "Arithmetic series", Encyclopedia of Mathematics, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. / Kluwer Academic Publishers, ISBN 9781556080104
 Weisstein, Eric W. "Arithmetic progression". MathWorld.
 Weisstein, Eric W. "Arithmetic series". MathWorld.