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a, b and c are integers such that a < b < c. Do they have a [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 11:04
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Found the question in some training material:

a, b and c are integers such that a < b < c. Do they have a common difference (or Is a, b, c an Arithmetic progression?)

(1) Mean of (a, b, c, 4) is greater than mean of (a, b, c)
(2) Median of (a, b, c, 4) is less than median of (a, b, c)

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Using (1)
(a+b+c+4)/4 > (a +b+c)/3
or a+b+c<12
No clue about a, b, c. Insufficient

Using (2)
four possibilities:
(a, b, c, 4), median (b+c)/2 < b or c < b, not possible
(4, a, b, c), median (b+a)/2 < b or b > a, already known
(a, 4, b, c), median (b+4)/2 < b or b > 4
(a, b, 4, c), median (b+c)/2 < b or b > 4
Considering all the above cases: b > 4
But still no clue about a & c. Insufficient.

Using (1) & (2),
b_m_i_n = 5, (a, b, c are integers)
assuming all are in A.P.
which means,
a = b - k
c = b + k
from (1), a+b+c < 12
or (b-k)+b+(b+k) < 12
or3b < 12 or b < 4
but b > 4 (from (2)), thus the assumption is wrong.
and a, b, c cannot be in AP

Answer (C).
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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