# Algebra II : Median

## Example Questions

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### Example Question #1 : Median

Consider the following test scores from a typical high school class with students: The mean of this data set is_________, and the mode of this data set is _______.

Possible Answers:     Correct answer: Explanation:

The mean is just the average of all the test scores, which is found by adding up the scores and dividing by the number of scores ( ).  This gives as the mean.  The mode is the score which occurs most frequently.  In this case, the mode is .  The median, the middle score of the sequence, is .

### Example Question #2 : Median

What is the median of the first 20 even numbers?

Possible Answers:  Cannot be calculated  Correct answer: Explanation:

Let's think of this list of numbers:

2, 4, 6, ...

Where does it end? The first 5 even numbers goes to 10. That means that the last number in the first 20 will be the number 40. So the question is, "Where is the middle?" Well, this is an even number of values, so there is no actual middle. What we have to do, then is find the 10th and the 11th numbers and take their average. The 10th number is easy, based on what we just said. If the 5th is 10, then the 10th is 20. The 11th will just be two more than that, namely 22. To calculate the median, we just have to find the average of those two numbers: If you prefer to write out the full list:

2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40

### Example Question #3 : Median

What is the median of the first ten prime numbers?

Possible Answers:     Correct answer: Explanation:

To answer this question, you need to know the first ten prime numbers! Remember, prime numbers are all of the integers that are divisible only by themselves and by 1.  They do not include 1.  So, our list is:

2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29

The median is the "middle value." There is no proper "middle" since we have an even number of values. We need to take the 5th and the 6th elements (the middle two values) and average them. The 5th term is 11 and the 6th is 13; therefore, the median is: ### Example Question #4 : Median

There are 1000 magical beanstalks planted in a row. Each stalk is 10 feet taller than the one before it. The smallest stalk is 10 feet tall. What is the median height of the stalks?

Possible Answers: No median can be calculated   Correct answer: Explanation:

The first thing to do is figure out which stalk is in the "middle." Since there are an even number of stalks, there is no exact middle; there are 500 on one side and 500 on the other. This means that the 500th and the 501st are the median. These will have to be averaged.

Now, we need to determine the height of these two stalks. Consider the pattern given:

1st stalk: 10 feet

2nd stalk: 20 feet

3rd stalk: 30 feet

4th stalk: 40 feet

You should see the pattern that emerges for this problem. Each stalk is 10 times that stalk's place in the row. This means that the 500th stalk will be: The 501st stalk will be: The average of these two numbers is: 5005 feet is the median.

### Example Question #5 : Median In this data set, is most accuratley described as the _________.

Possible Answers:

Median and Mean

Mean, Median, and Mode

Mode

Median

Mean

Correct answer:

Median

Explanation:

The median in a data set is the number that lies directly in the middle. To determine the median, first list the numbers in ascending order: Then, count in from both sides to find the number that lies directly in the middle. Therefore the correct answer is "median".

### Example Question #16 : How To Find Median

Find the median of the following numbers:

11, 13, 16, 13, 14, 19, 13, 13

Possible Answers:  None of the other answers are correct.  Correct answer: Explanation:

Reorder the numbers in ascending order (from lowest to highest):

11, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 16, 19

Find the middle number. In this case, the middle number is the average of the 4th and 5th numbers. Because both the 4th and 5th number are 13, the answer is simply 13.

### Example Question #17 : How To Find Median

Find the median of this number set:  2, 15, 4, 3, 6, 11, 8, 9, 4, 16, 13

Possible Answers:     Correct answer: Explanation:

List the numbers in ascending order: 2,3,4,4,6,8,9,11,13,15,16

The median is the middle number, or 8.

### Example Question #18 : How To Find Median

A student has taken five algebra tests already this year. Her scores were , , , , and . What is the median of those values?

Possible Answers:     Correct answer: Explanation:

To find the median of a set of values, simply place the numbers in order and find the value that is exactly "in the middle." Here, we can place the test scores in ascending order to get , , , , . (Descending order would work just as well.) The median is the middle value, . Make sure you don't confuse median with mean (average)! To get the mean value of this set, you would find the sum of the test scores and then divide by the number of values.

### Example Question #1 : Median

What is the median of the following numbers?

12,15,93,32,108,22,16,21

Possible Answers:    Correct answer: Explanation:

To find the median, first you arrange the numbers in order from least to greatest.

Then you count how many numbers you have and divide that number by two. In this case 12,15,16,21,22,32,93,108= 8 numbers.

So Then starting from the least side of the numbers count 4 numbers till you reach the median number of Then starting from the greatest side count 4 numbers until you reach the other median number of Finally find the mean of the two numbers by adding them together and dividing them by two to find the median number of .

### Example Question #6 : Median

Cedric measured the height of his tomato plants, in centimeters, and collected the following data: What is the median height for his plants?

Possible Answers:     Correct answer: Explanation:

First, arrange all of the data in numerical order: .

Then locate the middle number by using the formula , which gives you the location of the median in the ordered data set and where is the number of terms in the data set.

Here, there are 11 terms.

So, Therefore, our number is the one in the list, which is .

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