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60% Of Adults Won't Be Able To Correctly Answer These Sixth Grade Word Problems!

Ah, the dreaded word problem. See if they make any more sense to you now than they did when you were in sixth grade here!

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mapko
flanderschristy, Mean is average: In this case average (total dived by 8) is 73.375. Median is middle number. If odd number -straight forward. Lets add 9th number to above -say 120. Median is 73 (exactly 4 numbers that are lower than 73 & 4 that are higher. Since we only have 8 numbers -median is average of middle two (4th & 5th largest) -in this case average of 72,73 or 72.5. Hope this helps.
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May 6, 2021 4:17PM
Randee Martinez
flanderschristy, hope this helps Question #1 answer is 72.5. 61,67,68,72,73,76,80,90 72+73=145÷2=72.5 To find the Median (not the mean) 1: Arrange your numbers in numerical order. 2: Count how many numbers you have.If you have an odd number, divide by 2 and round up to get the position of the median number. 3: If you have an even number, divide by 2. 4: Go to the number in that position and average it with the number in the next higher position to get the median
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May 4, 2021 6:37PM
Randee Martinez
Question #1 answer is 72.5. 61,67,68,72,73,76,80,90 72+73=145÷2=72.5 To find the Median (not the mean) 1: Arrange your numbers in numerical order. 2: Count how many numbers you have.If you have an odd number, divide by 2 and round up to get the position of the median number. 3: If you have an even number, divide by 2. 4: Go to the number in that position and average it with the number in the next higher position to get the median
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May 4, 2021 6:36PM
Yvonne Patterson
Question 1 - Mean is the average and median is the number in the middle.
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May 1, 2021 4:49PM
James Steven Willis
9/10 Always get median & mean mixed up
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Apr 29, 2021 2:48PM
James Steven Willis
flanderschristy, the median is the middle of a range of numbers. When it is an odd amount, it’s easy, 9 numbers in order of value, it’s the middle number. When it’s an even number as in this group of 8, arrange the numbers in order of value, take the 4th & 5th number, in this case 72 & 73, add and divide by 2. 72+73 = 145/2=72.5 From Georgia, a Michigan Tech grad of ‘75 that also got it wrong
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Apr 29, 2021 2:46PM
Vaughn Tolle
flanderschristy, you found the mean, not the median.
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Apr 29, 2021 2:47AM
gracelind
i aced it today but i know i would not have in the 6th grade ..my mind was not that logical then.
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Apr 27, 2021 3:38PM
Diane Tussey
Average is not the same as median. The answer is correct , 72.5
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Apr 25, 2021 6:42PM
flanderschristy
mapko, Thank you for sharing that, it was driving me crazy!!! I stand corrected.
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Apr 24, 2021 11:04AM
flanderschristy
Now that I have read some of the other comments, I see that I'm not the only one questioning the answer to question #1. So does anyone else know if the answer to #1 is incorrect or are we?! PLEASE EXPLAIN!
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Apr 24, 2021 11:01AM
flanderschristy
9/10 This is my kind of math, basic! I'm still not sure how I got #1 incorrect. I went back after I finished the test & refigured the answer with a calculator. I got the same answer that I did the first time. (73.375) I added all 8 numbers together & then divided that sum by 8. Can someone PLEASE explain what I did wrong. It will drive me crazy trying to figure it out!!!
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Apr 24, 2021 10:53AM
stevemanning
Easy stuff with correct answers provided.
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Apr 22, 2021 9:30PM
mapko
pkthrynwest, Median is middle price -If there were 7 numbers than 4 largest/smallest is median. In this case 8 numbers. 2 Middle are 72 & 73. Average is 72.5, Thus the answer is correct.
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Apr 4, 2021 7:46PM
Patty Atwan
pkthrynwest, If they are going to do these they should have the correct answer. I got the same answer as you and double checked by using a calculator. They need to fix that.
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Apr 4, 2021 2:54AM

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