# The houses of a row are numbered consecutively from 1 to 49. Show that there is a valueof x such that the sum of the numbers of the houses preceding the house numbered x isequal to the sum of the numbers of the houses following it. Find this value of x.[Hint :]

The AP in the above problem is

1, 2, 3,  -  -  - , 49

With first term, a = 1

Common difference, d = 1

nth term of AP = a + (n - 1)d

an = 1 + (n - 1)1

an = n                                [1]

Suppose there exist a mth term such that, (m<49)

Sum of first m - 1 terms of AP = Sum of terms following the mth term

Sum of first m - 1 terms of AP = Sum of whole AP - Sum of first m terms of AP

As we know sum of first n terms of an AP is,  if last term an is given

(m - 1)(1 + m - 1) = 49(1 + 49) - m(1 + m)                                                        [using 1]

(m - 1)m = 2450 - m(1 + m)

m2 - m = 2450 - m + m2

2m2 = 2450

m2 = 1225

m = 35                              or             m =  - 35 [not possible as no of terms can't be negative.]

and am = m = 35 [using 1]

So, sum of no of houses preceding the house no 35 is equal to the sum of no of houses following the house no 35.

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