arithmetic progression


: a progression (such as 3, 5, 7, 9) in which the difference between any term and its predecessor is constant

Examples of arithmetic progression in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The perfect squares have an arithmetic progression of length three hiding in the first several terms: {1, 25, 49}. Leila Sloman, Quanta Magazine, 5 Dec. 2022 This kind of sequence is called an arithmetic progression. Quanta Magazine, 6 Feb. 2019 In mathematics, this is called an arithmetic progression—a sequence in which the numbers increase by the same amount at each step. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, 5 Dec. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1704, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arithmetic progression was in 1704

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“Arithmetic progression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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