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letsamf wrote:
I know this question without this fraction and I’m complete lost WHERE this fraction come frommm?
On Monday, a person mailed 8 packages weighing an average (arithmetic mean) of pounds, and on Tuesday, 4 packages weighing an average of pounds. What was the average weight, in pounds, of all the packages the person mailed on both days?

(A) 13 1/3

(B) 13 13/16

(C) 15 1/2

(D) 15 15/16

(E) 16 1/2

I could find the result of entire number but I still don’t get where this fraction come from!
I have to use the weighted average calculation right?

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You need to know the common fractions in and out. Haven’t found the original post but pls see attached a picture from my notes. A lot of question will translate easy when you know the fractions and their decimal equivalent and reversely as well.
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On Monday, a person mailed 8 packages weighing an average (arithmetic mean) of \(12\frac{3}{8}\) pounds, and on Tuesday, 4 packages weighing an average of \(15\frac{1}{4}\) pounds. What was the average weight, in pounds, of all the packages the person mailed on both days?

(A) \(13\frac{1}{3}\)

(B) \(13\frac{13}{16}\)

(C) \(15\frac{1}{2}\)

(D) \(15\frac{15}{16}\)

(E) \(16\frac{1}{2}\)


It's a weighted average question. So, the weight must be between \(12\frac{3}{8}\) and \(15\frac{1}{4}\) i.e. 99/8 and 122/8. It would be towards 99/8 as 8 packages are sent with that weight.

Only A and B are contenders and rest are eliminated.
As B is normal average of the two, A is the answer.

Bunuel There's Economist GMAT Tutor in this question. Can you please check.
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