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# If x is the median of the set {9/2, 11/3, 28/9, 21/5, x}, x

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If x is the median of the set {9/2, 11/3, 28/9, 21/5, x}, x could be

A. 16/5
B. 17/5
C. 4
D. 30/7
E. 31/7
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emmak wrote:
If x is the median of the set {9/2, 11/3, 28/9, 21/5, x}, x could be

16/5

17/5

4

30/7

31/7

The median is the middle number once all the numbers are arranged in increasing/decreasing order.
We see that
11/3 = 3.something,
28/9 = 3.something
21/5 = 4.something
9/2 = 4.something

So x should greater than the smallest two numbers and smaller than the greatest two numbers. We can see that x = 4 is possible. (First look at the simplest option or the middle option since options are usually arranged in increasing/decreasing order)
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emmak wrote:
If x is the median of the set {9/2, 11/3, 28/9, 21/5, x}, x could be

A. 16/5
B. 17/5
C. 4
D. 30/7
E. 31/7

$$9/2 = 4.5$$
$$11/3= 3.66$$
$$28/9 = 3.13$$
$$21/5 = 4.2$$

Since the set has 5 numbers the median has to be the middle value
Arranging the number in ascending order we get 3.13, 3.66, 4.2, 4.5. Now for x to be the median of the given set, x has to lie between 3.66 and 4.2.
Only one option satisfies the condition i.e x =4
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