# The sum of three numbers in A.P. is 12 and the

Question:

The sum of three numbers in A.P. is 12 and the sum of their cubes is 288. Find the numbers.

Solution:

In the given problem, the sum of three terms of an A.P is 12 and the sum of their cubes is 288.

We need to find the three terms.

Here,

Let the three terms be where, a is the first term and d is the common difference of the A.P

So,

$(a-d)+a+(a+d)=12$

$3 a=12$

$a=\frac{12}{3}$

$a=4$

Also, it is given that

$(a-d)^{3}+a^{3}+(a+d)^{3}=288$

So, using the properties:

$(a-b)^{3}=a^{3}-b^{3}+3 a b^{2}-3 a^{2} b$

$(a+b)^{3}=a^{3}+b^{3}+3 a b^{2}+3 a^{2} b$

We get,

$(a-d)^{3}+a^{3}+(a+d)^{3}=288$

$a^{3}-d^{3}-3 a^{2} d+3 d^{2} a+a^{3}+a^{3}+d^{3}+3 a^{2} d+3 d^{2} a=288$

$3 a^{3}+6 d^{2} a=288$

$a^{3}+2 d^{2} a=96$

Further solving for by substituting the value of a, we get,

$(4)^{3}+2 d^{2}(4)=96$

$64+8 d^{2}=96$

$8 d^{2}=96-64$

$d^{2}=\frac{32}{8}$

On further simplification, we get,

$d=4$

$d=\sqrt{4}$

$d=\pm 2$

Now, here d can have two values +2 and -2.

So, on substituting the values of a = 4 and d = 2 in three terms, we get,

First term = So,

$a-d=4-2$

$=2$

Second term = a

So,

$a=4$

Third term $=a+d$

So,

$a+d=4+2$

$=6$

Also, on substituting the values of a = 4 and in three terms, we get,

First term = So,

$a-d=4-(-2)$

$=4+2$

$=6$

Second term = a

So,

$a=4$

Third term $=a+d$

$a=4$

Third term $=a+d$

So,

$a+d=4+(-2)$

$=4-2$

$=2$

Therefore, the three terms are 2,4 and 6 or 6,4 and 2 .