2019 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 12
- The following problem is from both the 2019 AMC 10A #12 and 2019 AMC 12A #7, so both problems redirect to this page.
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Problem
Melanie computes the mean , the median , and the modes of the values that are the dates in the months of . Thus her data consist of , , . . . , , , , and . Let be the median of the modes. Which of the following statements is true?
Solution
Solution 1
First of all, obviously has to be smaller than , since when calculating , you must take into account the s, s, and s. So we can eliminate and . The median, , is , but the mean () must be smaller than since there are many fewer s, s, and s. is less than , because when calculating , you include , , and . Thus the answer is
Solution 2
Notice that there are total entries, so the median has to be the one. Then, realize that is , so has to be the median (because is from to ). Then, look at the modes and realize that even if you have of each, the median of those remains the same and you have . When trying to find the mean, you realize that the mean of the first is simply the same as the median of them, which is . Then, when you see 's, 's, and 's, you realize that the mean has to be higher. On the other hand, since there are fewer 's, 's, and 's than the rest of the numbers, the mean has to be lower than (the median). Then, you compare those values and you get the answer, which is .
Solution 3 (don't do this unless you have 30 min to spare)
Bash out each of the values. I'm not going to show work here, but you should get , , , so the answer is obviously .
See Also
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