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Set S contains seven distinct integers. The median of set S is the integer m, and all values in set S are equal to or less than 2m. What is the highest possible average (arithmetic mean) of all values in set S ?

A. m
B. 10m/7
C. 10m/7 – 9/7
D. 5m/7 + 3/7
E. 5m
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Set S contains seven distinct integers. The median of set S is the integer m, and all values in set S are equal to or less than 2m. What is the highest possible average (arithmetic mean) of all values in set S ?
a) m
b) 10m/7
c) 10m/7 – 9/7
d) 5m/7 + 3/7
e) 5m


If a set has odd number of terms the median of a set is the middle number when arranged in ascending or descending order;
If a set has even number of terms the median of a set is the average of the two middle terms when arranged in ascending or descending order.


So median of S, which contains seven terms is 4th term when arranged in ascending order;: \(median=4th \ term=m\).

Now, to maximize the mean we should maximize the terms. As numbers in S are distinct integers and the highest number in S could be equal to \(2m\), then maximum values of the terms would be: \(m-3\), \(m-2\), \(m-1\), \(median=m\), \(2m-2\), \(2m-1\), \(2m\).

\(Mean=\frac{(m-3)+(m-2)+(m-1)+m+(2m-2)+(2m-1)+2m}{7}=\frac{10m-9}{7}\).

Answer: C.
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Seven distinct integers, the highest value is equal to twice the median. To achieve the highest possible mean you need the following seven integers:

Set S = \({2m, 2m - 1, 2m - 2, m, m - 1, m - 2, m - 3}\)

\(10m-\frac{9}{7}\)= \(\frac{10m}{7} - \frac{9}{7}\)

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I had missed reading distinct and made the set as m,m,m,m,2m,2m,2m and came with option B.

Phuf...why they keep such answer choices :(
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To maximize the average we need to maximize all the distinct integers in the set.

the numbers then will be

m-3, m-2, m-1,m,2m-2,2m-1, 2m average is sum of these divided by 7.

\(\frac{(10m-9)}{7} = \frac{10m}{7}- \frac{9}{7}\)

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Orange08 wrote:
Set S contains seven distinct integers. The median of set S is the integer m, and all values in set S are equal to or less than 2m. What is the highest possible average (arithmetic mean) of all values in set S ?

A. m
B. 10m/7
C. 10m/7 – 9/7
D. 5m/7 + 3/7
E. 5m


\(Mean=\frac{(m-3)+(m-2)+(m-1)+(m)+(2m-2)+(2m-1)+(2m)}{7} = \frac{10m-9}{7}\)
Answer :C
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Set S contains seven distinct integers. The median of set S is the integer m, and all values in set S are equal to or less than 2m. What is the highest possible average (arithmetic mean) of all values in set S ?

A. m
B. 10m/7
C. 10m/7 – 9/7
D. 5m/7 + 3/7
E. 5m



just assume m = 7 (median)

now since each term is distinct and max is 2m, to achieve max sum ... terms should be 4,5,6,7,12,13,14
mean = 61/7

by options, C is satisfied. so C.
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looks like picking numbers won't help and one should solve with algebra
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Hi, i got the right answer but i am a bit concern. The question says all all values in set S are equal to or less than 2m. So is that the maximum value should be 2m-1 because it obviouly says the value is less then 2m. Plz help me. I put 2m-1 for the first time and it is not in the showed answer, so i have to take 2m as a maximum value. Thanks
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one word that change the whole game . . "distinct"
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