# 2014 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 5

The following problem is from both the 2014 AMC 12A #5 and 2014 AMC 10A #5, so both problems redirect to this page.

## Problem

On an algebra quiz, $10\%$ of the students scored $70$ points, $35\%$ scored $80$ points, $30\%$ scored $90$ points, and the rest scored $100$ points. What is the difference between the mean and median score of the students' scores on this quiz? $\textbf{(A)}\ 1\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 2\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 3\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 4\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 5$

## Solution

Without loss of generality, let there be $20$ students (the least whole number possible) who took the test. We have $2$ students score $70$ points, $7$ students score $80$ points, $6$ students score $90$ points and $5$ students score $100$ points. Therefore, the mean is $87$ and the median is $90$.

Thus, the solution is $$90-87=3\implies\boxed{\textbf{(C)} \ 3}$$

## Video Solution

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