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The table above shows the total sales recorded in July for [#permalink]
01 Feb 2012, 07:01

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Ann $450,000 Bob $360,000 Cal $190,000 Dot $210,000 Ed $680,000

The table above shows the total sales recorded in July for the 5 salespeople at Acme Truck Sales. It was discovered that one of Cal's sales was incorrectly recorded as one of Ann's sales. After this error was corrected, Ann's total sales were still higher than Cal's total sales, and the median of the 5 sales totals was $330,000. What was the value of the incorrectly recorded sale? A. $30,000 B. $48,000 C. $90,000 D. $120,000 E. $140,000

Ann $450,000 Bob $360,000 Cal $190,000 Dot $210,000 Ed $680,000

The table above shows the total sales recorded in July for the 5 salespeople at Acme Truck Sales. It was discovered that one of Cal's sales was incorrectly recorded as one of Ann's sales. After this error was corrected, Ann's total sales were still higher than Cal's total sales, and the median of the 5 sales totals was $330,000. What was the value of the incorrectly recorded sale? A. $30,000 B. $48,000 C. $90,000 D. $120,000 E. $140,000

Old sales: {Cal=190, 210, 360, Ann=450, 680}.

Now, the median of a set with odd # of terms is just a middle term (when ordered in ascending /descending order). So, old median=360.

We know that new median=330 and Cal's sales are still less than Ann's, hence Ann's new sales must be 330 (Ann's sales # must be reduced so that it becomes the middle term: 360 and Ann must switch places): {210, Cal, Ann=330, 360, 680}.

The value of the incorrectly recorded sale is Ann's old sales - Ann's new sales = 450 - 330 = 120.

Ann $450,000 Bob $360,000 Cal $190,000 Dot $210,000 Ed $680,000

The table above shows the total sales recorded in July for the 5 salespeople at Acme Truck Sales. It was discovered that one of Cal's sales was incorrectly recorded as one of Ann's sales. After this error was corrected, Ann's total sales were still higher than Cal's total sales, and the median of the 5 sales totals was $330,000. What was the value of the incorrectly recorded sale? A. $30,000 B. $48,000 C. $90,000 D. $120,000 E. $140,000

Old sales: {Cal=190, 210, 360, Ann=450, 680}.

Now, the median of a set with odd # of terms is just a middle term (when ordered in ascending /descending order). So, old median=360.

We know that new median=330 and Cal's sales are still less than Ann's, hence Ann's new sales must be 330 (Ann's sales # must be reduced so that it becomes the middle term: 360 and Ann must switch places): {210, Cal, Ann=330, 360, 680}.

The value of the incorrectly recorded sale is Ann's old sales - Ann's new sales = 450 - 330 = 120.

Answer: D.

Hope it's clear.

Hi Bunnel

Here how do we now that Ann's sales=330. The question says ann's sales were higher than cal's and we are not sure about any particular value and we too don't know how much cal's sales were increased, so how can we order the list in the this way

Here how do we now that Ann's sales=330. The question says ann's sales were higher than cal's and we are not sure about any particular value and we too don't know how much cal's sales were increased, so how can we order the list in the this way

{210, Cal, Ann=330, 360, 680}.

Plz correct me if i am wrong

First of all either Cal's or Ann's sales must be 330. Now, if Cal's sales are 330 then as Ann>Cal then the ordering would be {210, Cal=330, Ann>Cal, 360, 680} --> median={Ann's sales}>330, but we know that the median is 330, so this case is not possible.

Here how do we now that Ann's sales=330. The question says ann's sales were higher than cal's and we are not sure about any particular value and we too don't know how much cal's sales were increased, so how can we order the list in the this way

{210, Cal, Ann=330, 360, 680}.

Plz correct me if i am wrong

First of all either Cal's or Ann's sales must be 330. Now, if Cal's sales are 330 then as Ann>Cal then the ordering would be {210, Cal=330, Ann>Cal, 360, 680} --> median={Ann's sales}>330, but we know that the median is 330, so this case is not possible.

Hope it's clear.

ya that makes sense...

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Re: The table above shows the total sales recorded in July for [#permalink]
23 May 2013, 09:59

Expert's post

mydreammba wrote:

Ann $450,000 Bob $360,000 Cal $190,000 Dot $210,000 Ed $680,000

The table above shows the total sales recorded in July for the 5 salespeople at Acme Truck Sales. It was discovered that one of Cal's sales was incorrectly recorded as one of Ann's sales. After this error was corrected, Ann's total sales were still higher than Cal's total sales, and the median of the 5 sales totals was $330,000. What was the value of the incorrectly recorded sale? A. $30,000 B. $48,000 C. $90,000 D. $120,000 E. $140,000

Let the transaction amount be x. Given that 450,000-x>190,000+x --> 2x<260,000 --> x<130,000

Now the new median is 330,000. As the only 2 values changing are that of Cal's and Ann's, this new median must be either the increased sales figure of Cal, or the deflated sales figure of Ann.

Cal : 330,000-190,000 =x = 140,000--> Not possible as x<130,000. Thus the median is the new sales figure of Ann --> 450,000-330,000 = 120,000. D. _________________

Re: The table above shows the total sales recorded in July for [#permalink]
25 May 2013, 23:53

mydreammba wrote:

Ann $450,000 Bob $360,000 Cal $190,000 Dot $210,000 Ed $680,000

The table above shows the total sales recorded in July for the 5 salespeople at Acme Truck Sales. It was discovered that one of Cal's sales was incorrectly recorded as one of Ann's sales. After this error was corrected, Ann's total sales were still higher than Cal's total sales, and the median of the 5 sales totals was $330,000. What was the value of the incorrectly recorded sale? A. $30,000 B. $48,000 C. $90,000 D. $120,000 E. $140,000

Can anyone please help with this......

My approach: As question stem tells that median is 330000, take a quick look for the other salesmen to match this median. None has 330000 sales. Thus this must of of either Ann's or cal's.

besides that question further tells ann's and cal's amount is misplaced. so let us try to make Ann's sells 330000. Then we have to reduce 12000. this will be added to cal's and become 310000. this satisfies the condition that:

Ann's sales amount > Cal's sales amount.

To verify check by making Cal's amount 330000 above mentioned condition will be violated.

Thus The misplaced amount is 120000. _________________

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