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# The average (arithmetic mean) of four packages is 4 pounds. If the wei

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The average (arithmetic mean) of four packages is 4 pounds. If the weight of the first package is x, and each package weighs two more pounds than the previous package, which of the following CANNOT be the total weight, in pounds, of any combination of the packages?

A. 9
B. 10
C. 12
D. 13
E. 14

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08 Jan 2018, 07:55
first number =x
next three terms = x+2, x+4,x+6
Sum of terms = 4*4 =16 (average =4)
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Assume numbers 1,3,5,7
Sum =16
A) 9 (1+3+5)
B) 10 (7+3)
C) 12 (7+5)
D) 13 (7+5+1)
E) 14 not possible

Ans. E
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08 Jan 2018, 09:05
Bunuel wrote:
The average (arithmetic mean) of four packages is 4 pounds. If the weight of the first package is x, and each package weighs two more pounds than the previous package, which of the following CANNOT be the total weight, in pounds, of any combination of the packages?

A. 9
B. 10
C. 12
D. 13
E. 14

4*4 = x + ( x + 2 ) + ( x + 4 ) + ( x + 6 )

So, 4x + 12 = 16

Or, 4x = 4

So, x = 1

So, The weights are 1 , 3 , 5 , 7

Further as worked out by mandeey , answer must be (E)
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