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The average of the maximum and the minimum of a data set is $$x$$ and its maximum is $$40$$. The range of the set is $$10$$ greater than $$x$$. What is the minimum of the set in terms of $$x$$?

A. $$x - 20$$
B. $$2x - 40$$
C. $$2x$$
D. $$20 – x$$
E. $$40 – 2x$$

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[Math Revolution GMAT math practice question]

The median of a data set is $$x$$ and its maximum is $$40$$. The range of the set is $$10$$ greater than the median. What is the minimum of the set in terms of $$x$$?

A. $$x - 20$$
B. $$2x - 40$$
C. $$2x$$
D. $$20 – x$$
E. $$40 – 2x$$

$$Range = Max_{set}-Min_{set}$$, where $$Max_{set}$$ is maximum of set and $$Min_{set}$$ is minimum of set
Given $$Range = Median+10 = x+10$$
$$Max_{set}=40$$
$$x+10 =40-Min_{set}$$
$$Min_{set}=40-(x+10)$$
$$Min_{set}=30-x$$
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The median of a data set is $$x$$ and its maximum is $$40$$. The range of the set is $$10$$ greater than the median. What is the minimum of the set in terms of $$x$$?

A. $$x - 20$$
B. $$2x - 40$$
C. $$2x$$
D. $$20 – x$$
E. $$40 – 2x$$

let minimum=m
range=40-m
40-m=2(40-x)
m=2x-40
B
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The median of a data set is $$x$$ and its maximum is $$40$$. The range of the set is $$10$$ greater than the median. What is the minimum of the set in terms of $$x$$?

A. $$x - 20$$
B. $$2x - 40$$
C. $$2x$$
D. $$20 – x$$
E. $$40 – 2x$$

Let x=35 and max = 40, range =10, min =30

2(35)-40 = 30

Only OPtion B satisfies

Hence B
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The median of a data set is $$x$$ and its maximum is $$40$$. The range of the set is $$10$$ greater than the median. What is the minimum of the set in terms of $$x$$?

A. $$x - 20$$
B. $$2x - 40$$
C. $$2x$$
D. $$20 – x$$
E. $$40 – 2x$$

let minimum=m
range=40-m
[highlight]40-m=2(40-x)[\highlight]
m=2x-40
B

Could you please explain the reasoning used in the highlighted portion?
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The median of a data set is $$x$$ and its maximum is $$40$$. The range of the set is $$10$$ greater than the median. What is the minimum of the set in terms of $$x$$?

A. $$x - 20$$
B. $$2x - 40$$
C. $$2x$$
D. $$20 – x$$
E. $$40 – 2x$$

Let x=35 and max = 40, range =10, min =30

2(35)-40 = 30

Only OPtion B satisfies

Hence B

So, x(min)=30, x=median=35, x(max)=40

Set={x(min),.......,x(=median),.........,x(max)}
Or, Set={30,....,35,....,40}
Let's check whether it satisfies all the conditions given in the question.
Range of the set is 10 greater than the median.
Implies that 40-30=35+10
Or, 10=45?
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NandishSS wrote:
MathRevolution wrote:
[Math Revolution GMAT math practice question]

The median of a data set is $$x$$ and its maximum is $$40$$. The range of the set is $$10$$ greater than the median. What is the minimum of the set in terms of $$x$$?

A. $$x - 20$$
B. $$2x - 40$$
C. $$2x$$
D. $$20 – x$$
E. $$40 – 2x$$

Let x=35 and max = 40, range =10, min =30

2(35)-40 = 30

Only OPtion B satisfies

Hence B

So, x(min)=30, x=median=35, x(max)=40

Set={x(min),.......,x(=median),.........,x(max)}
Or, Set={30,....,35,....,40}
Let's check whether it satisfies all the conditions given in the question.
Range of the set is 10 greater than the median.
Implies that 40-30=35+10
Or, 10=45?

PKN -- Yes You are Right Range = Max - Min

R=x+10

x+10=40-Min

Min = 40-x-10

Min = 30-x

Not in options

Bunuel Can you pls check this? MathRevolution
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PKN wrote:
NandishSS wrote:
MathRevolution wrote:
[Math Revolution GMAT math practice question]

The median of a data set is $$x$$ and its maximum is $$40$$. The range of the set is $$10$$ greater than the median. What is the minimum of the set in terms of $$x$$?

A. $$x - 20$$
B. $$2x - 40$$
C. $$2x$$
D. $$20 – x$$
E. $$40 – 2x$$

Let x=35 and max = 40, range =10, min =30

2(35)-40 = 30

Only OPtion B satisfies

Hence B

So, x(min)=30, x=median=35, x(max)=40

Set={x(min),.......,x(=median),.........,x(max)}
Or, Set={30,....,35,....,40}
Let's check whether it satisfies all the conditions given in the question.
Range of the set is 10 greater than the median.
Implies that 40-30=35+10
Or, 10=45?

PKN -- Yes You are Right Range = Max - Min

R=x+10

x+10=40-Min

Min = 40-x-10

Min = 30-x

Not in options

Bunuel Can you pls check this? MathRevolution[/quote]

There is a different expression of 30 - x in the options.
It is 2x - 40.
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There is a different expression of 30 - x in the options.
It is 2x - 40.[/quote]

Noted.

So, the set is: {2x-40,.......,x,.......,40}
Range=40-(2x-40)=40-2x+40=80-2x
Given, Range of the set is 10 greater than the median.
So, 80-2x=x+10
Let me solve the above equation.
3x=70
or, x=$$70/3$$=median value
So, minimum value=2x-40=140/3-40=20/3
Range=80-2x=80-2*70/3=80-140/3=100/3
Given, Range of the set is 10 greater than the median.
So, 100/3=70/3+10=100/3 (Got it)

But how to figure out that 2x-40 is a different expression of 30-x ?

Do we have to check all the answer options?

Thanking you.
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The range of the set is $$2$$ times $$40 – x$$, since $$40 – x$$ is the distance between $$x$$ and the maximum. The minimum is the median minus the distance between the median and the maximum, which is $$x – ( 40 – x ) = 2x – 40$$.

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PKN wrote:
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There is a different expression of 30 - x in the options.
It is 2x - 40.

Noted.

So, the set is: {2x-40,.......,x,.......,40}
Range=40-(2x-40)=40-2x+40=80-2x
Given, Range of the set is 10 greater than the median.
So, 80-2x=x+10
Let me solve the above equation.
3x=70
or, x=$$70/3$$=median value
So, minimum value=2x-40=140/3-40=20/3
Range=80-2x=80-2*70/3=80-140/3=100/3
Given, Range of the set is 10 greater than the median.
So, 100/3=70/3+10=100/3 (Got it)

But how to figure out that 2x-40 is a different expression of 30-x ?

Do we have to check all the answer options?

Thanking you.[/quote]

Hi chetan2u,
Could you please explain ? I am not convinced with the official explanation.

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There is a different expression of 30 - x in the options.
It is 2x - 40.

Noted.

So, the set is: {2x-40,.......,x,.......,40}
Range=40-(2x-40)=40-2x+40=80-2x
Given, Range of the set is 10 greater than the median.
So, 80-2x=x+10
Let me solve the above equation.
3x=70
or, x=$$70/3$$=median value
So, minimum value=2x-40=140/3-40=20/3
Range=80-2x=80-2*70/3=80-140/3=100/3
Given, Range of the set is 10 greater than the median.
So, 100/3=70/3+10=100/3 (Got it)

But how to figure out that 2x-40 is a different expression of 30-x ?

Do we have to check all the answer options?

Thanking you.

Hi chetan2u,
Could you please explain ? I am not convinced with the official explanation.

Hi..

I can tell you that the method you have applied will be correct for all values and that is when the m=30-x

So when you took 2x-40 as minimum 2x-40=30-x....3x=70...X=70/3
So you got X as 70/3 and 2x-40 satisfied it.

But the same case will be for other choices too..
For example
A. x-20
So m=30-x=x-20....X=25.. now solve the way you had solved for 2x-40 and you will get your answer.

So {x-20,.......X,.......40}
40-(x-20)=X+10.....40-x+20=X+10....X=25
Now min =x-20=25-20=5
Range =40-5=35 also range =X+10=25+10=35
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Thank you Sir. I have to verify each of the answer options since the direct method don't work here. I thought there must be some easy way out.
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[Math Revolution GMAT math practice question]

The median of a data set is $$x$$ and its maximum is $$40$$. The range of the set is $$10$$ greater than the median. What is the minimum of the set in terms of $$x$$?

A. $$x - 20$$
B. $$2x - 40$$
C. $$2x$$
D. $$20 – x$$
E. $$40 – 2x$$

let minimum=m
range=40-m
40-m=2(40-x)
m=2x-40
B

Can you explain how you got the rhs of the eq?

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The range of the set is $$2$$ times $$40 – x$$, since $$40 – x$$ is the distance between the median and the maximum. The minimum is the median minus the distance between the median and the maximum, which is $$x – ( 40 – x ) = 2x – 40$$.

How do we know range is 2 times 40-x?

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Thank you Sir. I have to verify each of the answer options since the direct method don't work here. I thought there must be some easy way out.

What I meant was that all choices will fit in unless X>40...
So our answer should be 30-x in present state.
May be the question is missing something like all elements are equally spaced that is it is an AP. Then answer would be 2x-40.

I am sure MathRevolution will look into any typo that might have occurred.
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PKN wrote:
Thank you Sir. I have to verify each of the answer options since the direct method don't work here. I thought there must be some easy way out.

What I meant was that all choices will fit in unless X>40...
So our answer should be 30-x in present state.
May be the question is missing something like all elements are equally spaced that is it is an AP. Then answer would be 2x-40.

I am sure MathRevolution will look into any typo that might have occurred.

Thank you sir for your time.
The question may be modified in either of the following ways:-
1) The elements of the set are evenly spaced.
Or,
2) Which of the following COULD be the minimum of the set in terms of x?
This is my understanding in succinct in order to arrive at the given correct answer option.
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The range of the set is $$2$$ times $$40 – x$$, since $$40 – x$$ is the distance between the median and the maximum. The minimum is the median minus the distance between the median and the maximum, which is $$x – ( 40 – x ) = 2x – 40$$.

The only time the range = 2(maximum value - median) is when the median is the average of the minimum and maximum value.
For example, in the set {1, 9, 17}, the range = 17 - 1 = 16, which is equal to 2(maximum value - median)

However, the rule, range = 2(maximum value - median), does not work when the median is NOT the average of the minimum and maximum value.
For example, the set {-9, 39, 40} satisfies the given information
Here, x = 39, the maximum value is 40, and the range (of 49) is 10 greater than the median (39)
In this case, minimum value (-9) does NOT equal 2x - 40

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The range of the set is $$2$$ times $$40 – x$$, since $$40 – x$$ is the distance between the median and the maximum. The minimum is the median minus the distance between the median and the maximum, which is $$x – ( 40 – x ) = 2x – 40$$.

The only time the range = 2(maximum value - median) is when the median is the average of the minimum and maximum value.
For example, in the set {1, 9, 17}, the range = 17 - 1 = 16, which is equal to 2(maximum value - median)

However, the rule, range = 2(maximum value - median), does not work when the median is NOT the average of the minimum and maximum value.
For example, the set {-9, 39, 40} satisfies the given information
Here, x = 39, the maximum value is 40, and the range (of 49) is 10 greater than the median (39)
In this case, minimum value (-9) does NOT equal 2x - 40

Cheers,
Brent

You are right.
The question should be changed to the following.
It is fixed now.
The average of the maximum and the minimum of a data set is $$x$$ and its maximum is $$40$$. The range of the set is $$10$$ greater than $$x$$. What is the minimum of the set in terms of $$x$$?
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