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# The median of set A is 7 & the median of set B is 13.

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The median of set A is 7 & the median of set B is 13. [#permalink]  17 Sep 2004, 12:49
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The median of set A is 7 & the median of set B is 13. Which of the options cannot be the median of the two sets combined?

(a) 20
(b) 21
(c) 12
(d) 8
(e) 18
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Re: PS: Median [#permalink]  17 Sep 2004, 21:16
vj_sur wrote:
The median of set A is 7 & the median of set B is 13. Which of the options cannot be the median of the two sets combined?

(a) 20
(b) 21
(c) 12
(d) 8
(e) 18

The median of the combined set will lie between the medians of A & B respectively... so ans is a, b & c...

However, check the question or its source.. GMAT has only 1 correct ans for problem solving
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Re: PS: Median [#permalink]  17 Sep 2004, 23:03
From my understanding, when we combine two sets with medians M1 and M2, the resulting median should be between M1 and M2. Applying the same here, the resulting median can only be between 7 and 13.

Thus, each of a,b and e cannot be median.

Do correct me if I am wrong.

vj_sur wrote:
The median of set A is 7 & the median of set B is 13. Which of the options cannot be the median of the two sets combined?

(a) 20
(b) 21
(c) 12
(d) 8
(e) 18

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Thnx & Rgds,
Chandra

Re: PS: Median   [#permalink] 17 Sep 2004, 23:03
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