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# The average (arithmetic mean) of 6 numbers is 8.5. When one

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The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition

The average (arithmetic mean) of 6 numbers is 8.5. When one number is discarded, the average of the remaining numbers becomes 7.2. What is the discarded number?

(A) 7.8
(B) 9.8
(C) 10.0
(D) 12.4
(E) 15.0

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The average (arithmetic mean) of 6 numbers is 8.5. When one number is discarded, the average of the remaining numbers becomes 7.2. What is the discarded number?

(A) 7.8
(B) 9.8
(C) 10.0
(D) 12.4
(E) 15.0

The average of 6 numbers is 8.5 --> the sum of 6 numbers = (mean)*(number of terms) = 8.5*6 = 51.

The average of 5 numbers is 7.2 --> the sum of 5 numbers = (mean)*(number of terms) = 7.2*5 = 36.

The discarded number = 51 - 36 = 15.

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The average (arithmetic mean) of 6 numbers is 8.5. When one number is discarded, the average of the remaining numbers becomes 7.2 .What is the discarded number?

Sol: Since avg is given for 6 nos, we can find the sum total which is 8.5*6= 51

New average after removal of one number is 7.2 so sum total of 5 nos is 36

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Let's assume every number was 8.5 in the original set, now in order to reduce average to 7.2 by removing just one number, 1.3 $$(8.5-7.2=1.3)$$ needs to be subtracted from remaining 5 numbers $$(1.3*5=6.5)$$ along with removing one of the original numbers, i.e. $$6.5+8.5=15.0$$
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Given that the average of 6 numbers is 8.5, then the sum of these numbers is 6*8.5= 51.

Let 'x' be the number removed, (51-x)/5 = 7.2. Solving for x, we get x = 15, so (E).
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09 Dec 2016, 02:19
Here is my solution to this one-->

Sum(1)=6*8.5=>51
Sum(2)=5*7.2=>36
Hence the discarded number must be 51-36=15

Hence E

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10 Dec 2016, 01:32
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The average (arithmetic mean) of 6 numbers is 8.5. When one number is discarded, the average of the remaining numbers becomes 7.2. What is the discarded number?

(A) 7.8
(B) 9.8
(C) 10.0
(D) 12.4
(E) 15.0

$$8.5*6 - x = 7.2*5$$

Or, $$51 - x = 36$$

Or, $$x = 15$$

Hence, answer will be (E) 15

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10 Mar 2017, 23:41
this can be solved very easily from the following method
N-7.2/6 +7.2=8.5 so the new no. will be after solving for N=15
after knowing the S.D. very precisely we gonna solve these questions within 30 sec.
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Bunuel wrote:
The average (arithmetic mean) of 6 numbers is 8.5. When one number is discarded, the average of the remaining numbers becomes 7.2. What is the discarded number?

(A) 7.8
(B) 9.8
(C) 10.0
(D) 12.4
(E) 15.0

$$8.5*6 - X = 7.2*5$$

$$51 - x = 36$$

Or, $$x = 15$$

Thus, the discarded number will be (E) 15.00
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The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition

The average (arithmetic mean) of 6 numbers is 8.5. When one number is discarded, the average of the remaining numbers becomes 7.2. What is the discarded number?

(A) 7.8
(B) 9.8
(C) 10.0
(D) 12.4
(E) 15.0

Average of 6 numbers = (sum of all 6 numbers)/6
We get: 8.5 = (sum of all 6 numbers)/6
So, sum of the 6 numbers = (6)(8.5)
= 51

When one number is discarded, the average of the remaining numbers becomes 7.2
Sum of remaining 5 numbers = (5)(7.2)
= 36

Discarded number = (sum of original 6 numbers) - (sum of remaining 5 numbers)
= 51 - 36
= 15
= E

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The average (arithmetic mean) of 6 numbers is 8.5. When one number is discarded, the average of the remaining numbers becomes 7.2. What is the discarded number?

(A) 7.8
(B) 9.8
(C) 10.0
(D) 12.4
(E) 15.0

(8.5*6)-(7.2*5)=51-36=15. Option E.
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