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A certain meter records voltage between 0 and 10 volts
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A certain meter records voltage between 0 and 10 volts inclusive. If the average value of 3 recordings on the meter was 8 volts, what was the smallest possible recording in volts?

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05 Apr 2006, 03:40

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Hallo,
If the average of the three outcomes is 8 then ther sum of the measurments is 24. The least possible is when the other 2 are max or 10 volts, then the least is 24-20=4

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05 Apr 2006, 21:39

Total voltage = 24

Cannot be 2 as that will result in 22 being split among two other readings. Assuming 1 reading is 10, there's still one reading that needs to be at 12 volts, which is impossible.

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06 Apr 2006, 13:39

C.

3 reading, 3*8 =24,
max can be 10, so 10+10 =20, 24-20 =4

getzgetzu wrote:

A certain meter records voltage between 0 and 10 volts inclusive. If the average value of 3 recordings on the meter was 8 volts, what was the smallest possible recording in volts?

If the average of three readings was 8, then the sum of the three readings would be 8*3 = 24.

Now, to get the smallest possible value for one reading, make the other two readings as large as possible (10). Therefore the smallest possible reading = 24 - 10 - 10 = 4

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getzgetzu wrote:

A certain meter records voltage between 0 and 10 volts inclusive. If the average value of 3 recordings on the meter was 8 volts, what was the smallest possible recording in volts?

A. 2 B. 3 C. 4 D. 5 E. 6

Sum of values = (# of values)(mean) So, sum of the 3 readings = (3)(8) = 24

To MINIMIZE one of the readings, we must MAXIMIZE the other two readings. The maximum reading is 10, so let two of the readings equal 10.

Since the sum of all 3 readings must be 24, the last remaining reading (the SMALLEST reading) must equal 4

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18 Oct 2018, 18:26

Bamsefar wrote:

A certain meter records voltage between 0 and 10, inclusive. If the average of 3 readings was 8, what is the smallest possible reading?

A: 2 B: 3 C: 4 D: 5 E: 6

To make one number as small as possible, the other two numbers must be as large as possible. Thus, we will let the two greatest voltage readings be 10, and he lowest reading be n and create the equation for the average of the 3 readings:

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