Harmonic progression (mathematics)
where −1/d is not a natural number and k is a natural number.
(Terms in the form can be expressed as , we can let and .)
Equivalently, a sequence is a harmonic progression when each term is the harmonic mean of the neighboring terms.
It is not possible for a harmonic progression (other than the trivial case where a = 1 and k = 0) to sum to an integer. The reason is that, necessarily, at least one denominator of the progression will be divisible by a prime number that does not divide any other denominator.
- 12, 6, 4, 3, , 2, … ,
- 10, 30, −30, −10, −6, − , … ,
Use in geometry
If collinear points A, B, C, and D are such that D is the harmonic conjugate of C with respect to A and B, then the distances from any one of these points to the three remaining points form harmonic progression. Specifically, each of the sequences AC, AB, AD; BC, BA, BD; CA, CD, CB; and DA, DC, DB are harmonic progressions, where each of the distances is signed according to a fixed orientation of the line.
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