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We're given the set {1, 6, 11, 16, 21}. We're asked which set of additional numbers, when added into this set, will NOT change the set’s mean.

In the original set of numbers, notice how the 5 terms are 'evenly spaced'; this means that the average MUST be the 'middle term' --> the average is 11.

Looking at the three options, notice how each has 3 terms. To add 3 terms to the given set and NOT change the average, we need the average of the 3 terms to be 11. By extension, we need the SUM to = 33.

A quick estimate of Roman Numerals 1 and 2 proves that neither has a sum of 33 (the sums are both TOO SMALL). Eliminate Answers A, B and D.

Adding up the terms in Roman Numeral 3 gives us a sum of 33, so this set 'fits' what we're looking for.

Which of the following series of numbers, if added to the set {1, 6, 11, 16, 21}, will not change the set’s mean? I. 1.5, 7.11 and 16.89 II. 5.36, 10.7 and 13.24 III. -21.52, 23.3, 31.22

(A) I only (B) II only (C) III only (D) I and III only (E) None

Mean of the given set is (1+6+11+16+21)/5=11.

Now, in order the mean not to change, the mean of the new set we add to the old one should also be equal to 11 (or as in all 3 new sets there are 3 numbers, then their sum must be 3*11=33). Let's check:

I. 1.5, 7.11 and 16.89 --> will end with 0.5 son not 33. Discard. II. 5.36, 10.7 and 13.24 --> will end with 0.3 son not 33. Discard. III. -21.52, 23.3, 31.22 --> -21.52+23.3+31.22=-21.52+54.52=33. Correct.

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Straightforward. The mean of the current set is (1+6+11+16+21)/5=11. Set has 5 numbers. So keep the mean the same after new numbers are added we need to find the sum that will be added. We can set up equation (55+x)/8=11. 8 is because we add 3 numbers. Hence x=33. Only set III has numbers that sum up to 33. Hope it is clear
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