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List S consists of 10 consecutive odd integers, and list T consists of 5 consecutive even integers. If the least integer in S is 7 more than the least integer in T, how much greater is the average (arithmetic mean) of the integers in S than the average of the integers in T?

List S consists of 10 consecutive odd integers, and list T consists of 5 consecutive even integers. If the least integer in S is 7 more than the least integer in T, how much greater is the average (arithmetic mean) of the integers in S than the average of the integers in T?

a) 2 b) 7 c) 8 d) 12 e) 22

For any evenly spaced set median=mean=the average of the first and the last terms.

So the mean of S will be the average of the first and the last terms: mean=(x+x+9*2)/2=x+9, where x is the first term; The mean of T will simply be the median or the third term: mean=(x-7)+2*2=x-3;

If you didnt know the formula for evenly spaced sets, you can pick numbers and solve this question very easily.

Pick first number of set T=2. Since number of elements = 5, the mean will be the middle term ie the 3rd term, which will be 6.

From the question, you can infer that first number of the set T, will be 2+7= 9. Since this set consists of even number of terms,ie 10, the mean will be the average of the middle 2 terms, ie 5th and 6th term, which are 17 and 19 respectively and their average will be 18= mean of the set.

Therefore, the difference between the mean of two sets= 18-6= 12.

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PareshGmat's solution is the quickest way. Anyway, here is mine: T=(t1+t2+t3+t4+t5)/5 =[t1+(t1+1*2)+(t1+2*2)+(t1+3*2)+(t1+4*2)]/5 =[5t1+2*(1+2+3+4)]/5 =[5t1+2*(4*(4+1)/2)]/5 =[5t1+20]/5=t1+4 S=(s1+...+s10)/10 =[s1+(s1+1*2)+...+(s1+9*2)]/10 =[10s1+2*(1+...+9)]/10 =[10s1+2*(9*(9+1)/2)]/10 =[10s1+90]/10=s1+9 We have s1=t1+7 S-T=s1+9-t1-4=t1+7+9-t1-4=12 =>D P/S: Sum of n consecutive integers: n(n+1)/2

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