Answer :

Let the terms of the G.P. be a, ar, ar^{2}, ar^{3}, … , ar^{n-2}, ar^{n-1}

Sum of a G.P. series is represented by the formula, , when r≠1. ‘S_{n}’ represents the sum of the G.P. series upto n^{th} terms, ‘a’ represents the first term, ‘r’ represents the common ratio and ‘n’ represents the number of terms.

Thus, the sum of this G.P. series is

The odd terms of this series are a, ar^{2}, ar^{4}, … , ar^{n-2}

{since the number of terms of the G.P. series is even; the 2^{nd} last term will be an odd term.}

Here,

No. of terms will be as we are splitting up the n terms into 2 equal parts of odd and even terms. { since the no. of terms is even, we have 2 equal groups of odd and even terms }

Sum of the odd terms ⇒

⇒

By the problem,

⇒

⇒ r +1 =5

⇒∴ r = 4

Thus, the common ratio (r) = 4

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