An infinite geometric progression a1, a2, a3,… has the property that an = 3(a(n+ l) + a(n+2) +….) for every n ≥ 1. If the sum a1 + a2 + a3 +……. = 32, then a5 is

A) 1/32

B) 2/32

C) 3/32

D) 4/32

Option (C)

From CAT 2017 – Quantitative Aptitude – Modern Maths – Progressions, we can see that,

For any n ≥ 1, an = 3 (a(n+1) + a(n+2) + ……..)

So, a1 = 3 (a2 + a3 + ……) or r = 1/4 and

a1 + a2 + a3 +………… = 4a1/3 = 32

So, a1 = 24

GP = 24, 6, 1.5,…….

a5 = 1.5/16 = 3/32

Option (C)

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