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## #126 2012-12-09 06:57:55

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

yes it is! i think ive got the answer now? is it a= 160cm and b= 150cm?

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## #127 2012-12-09 07:00:52

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

No.  that doesn't make sense.  An average should be representative of the values in the table and so somewhere between the lowest and highest values.

Do I assume that you have been asked to work out the average for A and the average for B?

Bob

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## #128 2012-12-09 07:07:58

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

I will help you but pleae don't keep logging out or this could take ages.

What does the question actually ask you to work out?

Bob

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## #129 2012-12-09 07:21:43

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

Which of the places has more rainfall on average over the whole year?

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## #130 2012-12-09 07:29:07

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

Ok.  think about the information.  You have 12 months data altogether; 8 then 4 months for A and 10 then 2 months for B.

You need to work out how much rain fell in A altogether over the year.

For 8 months it was 10 cm every month.  How much is that altogether?

Then 4 months at 20 cm every month.

Then add them together and divide by 12 for the average for A.

Bob

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## #131 2012-12-09 07:46:32

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

so would A be 13.3?

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## #132 2012-12-09 07:53:56

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

Yes that's right.  Notice the answer lies between 10 cm and 20 cm, but nearer to 10 because there were more months at that rainfall.

So, can you do B ?

Bob

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## #133 2012-12-09 08:26:06

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

Thank you so much! I'll try and remember that for the exam tomorrow!

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## #134 2012-12-09 09:34:57

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

Sorry, in my rush I forgot to say

Welcome to the forum.

Good luck with the exams.

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## #135 2012-12-09 09:40:03

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

Good Luck.

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## #136 2013-01-13 05:24:41

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

A person wins 27 gold medals , 17 silver and 2 bronze over a period of years. (total 46 medals)

The task is to find the average placement.

It was solved by doingthis sum:  27(gold)*1 = 27 ,  17(silver)* 2 = 34, 2(bronze) * 3 = 6

add 27+34+6 = 67               then  divide 67 / 46 medals giving an average placement over the persons 46 races of 1.456  or

on average they came in 1.5 st place (rounded up)

What we can't get is how do you/why do you assign the values to the medals i.e Gold =1 (i-e first place) , Silver =2 (2nd place) and bronze = 3 (third place)

WE were not told that the medals carried seperate values...so we could've decided that gold = 3 (i.e highest points or even 100) and bronze = 1 (i.e lowest value, or even 0)

Can you explain why it was ok to "assume" gold = 1 etc etc...many thanks (it's my 13 yrs olds problem.)

## #137 2013-01-13 06:28:18

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

hi REMA

Welcome to the forum.

This is called a weighted average.  By applying a 'weight' to each type of medal you can take account of it being 'better' to get a higher weighted medal.

So if you wanted to 'score' countries in the Olympics, for example, your system of G = 3, S = 2 and B = 1 would make more sense.

But the purpose is to get the average placement where 1st is best and then 2nd and then 3rd.  So you want the 'value' of gold to be 1.

Take an extreme example.  If a player got only golds, say 20, then the calculation would be  (20 x 1)/20 = 1, so the average placement would be 1, ie. the best.

If the player got 19 golds and 1 silver the calculation would be (19 x 1 + 1 x 2)/20 = 21/20 = 1.05 so the average placement has dropped a bit.

But you do need to be told the weightings.

And the system has a serious flaw.  If a player gets 1 gold and 19 below bronzes the average is (1 x1 + 10 x 0)/20= 0.05 which is even better than the 20 gold player.   Hhmmmm!

So you are right to be confused.  So am I.

Bob

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## #138 2013-01-13 06:45:53

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

bob...thanks for the explanation. Clear and concise

## #139 2013-01-24 05:17:37

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

For my maths homework I need to find the average speed. I tried to add up and divide but the answer did not look right . Here are the speeds:
20 km/h and 60km/h.
I added up 20 and 60 and got 80 and then divided by 2. I them had 40km/h. As the question said that they travelled at 20 for 2 hours and 20 for only 30 minuets I do not see how 40km/h could be the answer.

## #140 2013-01-24 06:02:35

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

Hi Ella123;

You must mean 20 km/h for 2hrs and  60km/h for 30 minutes.

2 x 20 km = 40 km

( 1 / 2) 60 km = 30 km

You travelled 70 km in 2 and 1 / 2 hrs. So you divide the 70 by ( 2 + 1 / 2 ) and get 28 km / hr. That is your average speed.

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## #141 2014-05-11 05:59:53

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

An average is generally the arithmetic mean.

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## #142 2014-05-11 06:01:23

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

Average Nd arithmetic mean are the same thing.

What is your favorite color, by the way?

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## #143 2014-05-11 06:03:01

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

It seems nasty was his favorite color.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #144 2014-05-11 06:03:32

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

You're a bit too late to ask him/her.

An average is not always the arithmetic mean - it can also be used to refer to any measure of central tendency.

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## #145 2014-05-11 06:40:15

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

Why was the post removed?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
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## #146 2014-05-11 06:43:36

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

Because he called us teenagers who like to show off, I think.

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## #147 2014-05-11 06:44:25

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

Why was the post removed?

A member reported it.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #148 2014-05-11 06:48:20

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

What was the content of the report?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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## #149 2014-05-11 06:49:58

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

What the report was? That is between the member and I. He can tell you if he likes.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #150 2014-05-11 06:55:48

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### Re: How do i work out an average?

Hmm, a report is not a PM. Who was the user?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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