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# the average of 5 consecutive numbers is 87. if each of the

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the average of 5 consecutive numbers is 87. if each of the [#permalink]  15 Feb 2005, 02:53
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the average of 5 consecutive numbers is 87. if each of the original numbers is reduced by 2 and then divided by 5, the average of the final set of numbers is

a 14,4
b 15,2
c 16,4
d 17,0
e 18,5
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Same...D

87*5 = 435
435 - 2*10 = 425
425/5 = 85
85/5 = 17

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I like the (87-2)/5 approach as a time saver.

I did it by multiplying out 87*5 then subtracting 10 and dividing by two bringing me to 85 which i divided by 5.

(87-2)/5 is money.
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dont we have to divide all the numbers by 5? thus dividing the sum with 25?
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faizaniftikhar83 wrote:
dont we have to divide all the numbers by 5? thus dividing the sum with 25?

The exact sentence from the problem is :

if each of the original numbers is reduced by 2 and then divided by 5, the average of the final set of numbers is ...

But you thought it was the following one :

if each of the original numbers is reduced by 2 , the average of the final set of numbers is
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(87-2)/5 = 17

Try out some sets to see that this is true =)
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Antmavel wrote:
faizaniftikhar83 wrote:
dont we have to divide all the numbers by 5? thus dividing the sum with 25?

The exact sentence from the problem is :

if each of the original numbers is reduced by 2 and then divided by 5, the average of the final set of numbers is ...

But you thought it was the following one :

if each of the original numbers is reduced by 2 , the average of the final set of numbers is

but still....the clause in blue means that we have to divide each number by 5...not divide the sum with 5
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divide each number by five and do the sum is the same than do the sum and divide by five...try with few exemples :

(5+6+7)/3 = 5/3+6/3+7/3 = 6

(4+5+6+7)/2 = 4/2+5/2+6/2+7/2 = 11
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Antmavel wrote:
divide each number by five and do the sum is the same than do the sum and divide by five...try with few exemples :

(5+6+7)/3 = 5/3+6/3+7/3 = 6

(4+5+6+7)/2 = 4/2+5/2+6/2+7/2 = 11

.... ....how silly of me.....thanx for helping me out in this scenario antmavel
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D is is...

X/5=87

x=87*5=435

(X1-2)+...(x5-2)= 435-10=425!

425/25=17!
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