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What is the difference between the mean and the median of the positive

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What is the difference between the mean and the median of the positive numbers, k, k + 3, k + 4, k + 8, k + 9, k + 12?

(A) 0
(B) 1
(C) 6
(D) 2k
(E) 5k


In a set of 6 elements, the median is the average of the middle two terms.

The median of the 6 elements is \(\frac{k+4+k+8}{2} = k+6\)

The mean of the 6 elements is \(\frac{6k + (3+4+8+9+12)}{6} = \frac{6k + 36}{6} = k + 6\)

Therefore, the difference between mean and median is 0(Option A)
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Bunuel wrote:
What is the difference between the mean and the median of the positive numbers, k, k + 3, k + 4, k + 8, k + 9, k + 12?

(A) 0
(B) 1
(C) 6
(D) 2k
(E) 5k


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Mean - Sum of the numbers in the sets / Number of terms in the Set

Median - Middle term (If the number of terms in the set is ODD) OR Average of two middle terms (If the number of terms in the set is EVEN) After arranging the term in Increasing/Decreasing order


Mean = Sum of (k, k + 3, k + 4, k + 8, k + 9, k + 12) / 6 = 6k+36 / 6 = k+6

Median = Average of ( k + 4 and k + 8) = 2k+12 / 2 = k+6

Mean - Median = (k+6) - (k+6) = 0

Answer: option A
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Mean = Median = k+6

Hence, A.
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Bunuel wrote:
What is the difference between the mean and the median of the positive numbers, k, k + 3, k + 4, k + 8, k + 9, k + 12?

(A) 0
(B) 1
(C) 6
(D) 2k
(E) 5k


The mean is:

(6k + 3 + 4 + 8 + 9 + 12)/6 = (6k + 36)/6 = k + 6

The median is:

(k + 4 + k + 8)/2 = (2k + 12)/2 = k + 6

So the difference is zero.

Answer: A
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New post 30 Mar 2018, 17:32
As an alternative way of solving this, you can plug in k = 1 to solve for the median and mean. Doing so gives you the set {1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 13}

Median = (5 + 9) / 2 = 7
Mean = (1 + 4 + 5 + 9 + 10 + 13) / 6 = 7

7 - 7 = 0

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