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I took many hours to solve this problem given by my professor. I solve it manually like listing all possible answers but same as my earlier trials i didn't get the answer. Could someone help me with this. So much appreciated.

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The digits of a three-digit number are in geometric progression. If 596 is subtracted from this number ,the resulting three-digit number has its digits in arithmetic progression with a common difference equal to the reciprocal of the ratio of the geometric progression. Find the number.

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3 years, 2 months ago

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It is clear that the only possible cases are \(111, 124, 421, 248, 842, 139\) and \(931\). Further as the number is greater than \(596\) we are left with only two cases: \(842\) and \(931\). Now just subtracting \(596\) from each of these numbers it is clear that \(842\) satisfies the given condition. Karthik Kannan · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Karthik Kannan You can also use the fact that the arithmetic progression is the reciprocal of the geometric progression ratio; that must mean that the geometric progression is decreasing, eliminating all but \(3\) possibilities. Daniel Liu · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Karthik Kannan Thank you very much for your response. I also found the number 842 but i felt uncertain of answering this number because of the rule of geometric progression. Therefore i tried other numbers.. Crischell Baylon · 3 years, 2 months ago

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