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# We define the average (harmonic mean) as the reciprocal of the average

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We define the average (harmonic mean) as the reciprocal of the average (arithmetic mean) of reciprocals. What is the average (harmonic mean) of 2, 3, and 6?

A. 1/3
B. 1/2
C. 1
D. 2
E. 3

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Reciprocal of the - average of reciprocals.

So lets take average of reciprocals first. (1/2 + 1/3 + 1/6)/3 = (6/6)/3 = 1/3

Now lets take its reciprocal. 1/(1/3) = 3. hence E answer
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