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The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition

If the average (arithmetic mean) of n consecutive odd integers is 10, what is the least of the integers?

(1) The range of the n integers is 14.
(2) The greatest of the n integers is 17.

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Category: Arithmetic Statistics
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If the average (arithmetic mean) of n consecutive odd integers is 10, what is the least of the integers?

Odd consecutive integers is an evenly spaced set. For any evenly spaced set the mean equals to the average of the first and the last terms, so in our case \(mean=10=\frac{x_1+x_{n}}{2}\) --> \(x_1+x_{n}=20\). Question: \(x_1=?\)

(1) The range of the n integers is 14 --> the range of a set is the difference between the largest and smallest elements of a set, so \(x_{n}-x_1=14\) --> solving for \(x_1\) --> \(x_1=3\). Sufficient.

(2) The greatest of the n integers is 17 --> \(x_n=17\) --> \(x_1+17=20\) --> \(x_1=3\). Sufficient.

Answer: D.
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What we know:
If n consecutive integers have arithmetic mean of 10; those numbers are distributed either side of 10 perfectly symmetrically.


Statement (1)


Range is the difference between the greatest and the least numbers in the series.
If the range is known the least of these integers must be less than the mean, i.e. 10 - (14/2) = 3 (Note we don't really need to calculate this... to know we can is sufficient.)


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Similarly, the distance from the greatest number to mean equals to the distance from mean to the least number. So knowing the greatest number also sufficient to calculate the least number. (in this case 10 - (17 - 10) = 3)


The answer is D : Both Statement 1 and Statement 2 are sufficient ALONE .

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If the average (arithmetic mean) of n consecutive odd integers is 10, what is the least of the integers?

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(2) The greatest of the n integers is 17.

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Category: Arithmetic Statistics
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Ans. D
Let the series start from x=>x,(x+2),(x+4),...(x+k) id the series.
Average=[x+(x+k)]/2=10(1)
x+(x+k)=20=>2x+k=20

Given in S1, x+k-x=14=>k=14.We can find out x,the smallest integer.Sufficient

From S2: x+k=17
By putting this value in (1),we can get x,the answer.
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If the average (arithmetic mean) of n consecutive odd integers is 10, what is the least of the integers?

Odd consecutive integers is an evenly spaced set. For any evenly spaced set the mean equals to the average of the first and the last terms, so in our case \(mean=10=\frac{x_1+x_{n}}{2}\) --> \(x_1+x_{n}=20\). Question: \(x_1=?\)

(1) The range of the n integers is 14 --> the range of a set is the difference between the largest and smallest elements of a set, so \(x_{n}-x_1=14\) --> solving for \(x_1\) --> \(x_1=3\). Sufficient.

(2) The greatest of the n integers is 17 --> \(x_n=17\) --> \(x_1+17=20\) --> \(x_1=3\). Sufficient.

Answer: D.
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I did it this way.

Since consecutive odd integers are evenly spaced then avg = median = 10

Since median is even (10) for a set of consecutive odd integers, set must have even number of integers
Ex: if set has 3,5,7 then median 5 (odd)
if set has 3,5,7,9 then median = 5+7/2 = 6 (even)

so we can say (x+ (x+2))/2 = 10 => 2x+2=20 => x=9.
So middle terms of the set are 9 & 11. If I know one more thing like range or first/last term I can create full list.

Hence both statements are sufficient. Ans: D
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(Min + Max)/2 = 10 --> Min + Max=20
1)Range means Max - Min=14, sow we have two equations and two unknowns --> can be solved Min = 3
2)Max=17, Plug it here Min+Max=20 --> Min=3
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