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Re: The daily closing price of one barrel of oil for first 15 days of a [#permalink]
koala wrote:
To find the median we have to arrange the values in ascending order first. How would we even achieve this? I know plugging n the numbers won't work. What is the strategy behind this question?

to ans your question , let see -
30 days were given, to find median of 30 days is avg of 15th and 16th day.
we are provided with equations for 1st half of month and other 15 days for remaining half.
for first equation, put x=15 you will get 6 and put 15 in second equation you will 6.85
taking average 6 and 6.85 is less than 7.85 .
hence option b is your ans.
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Re: The daily closing price of one barrel of oil for first 15 days of a [#permalink]
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koala wrote:
To find the median we have to arrange the values in ascending order first. How would we even achieve this? I know plugging n the numbers won't work. What is the strategy behind this question?

to ans your question , let see -
30 days were given, to find median of 30 days is avg of 15th and 16th day.
we are provided with equations for 1st half of month and other 15 days for remaining half.
for first equation, put x=15 you will get 6 and put 15 in second equation you will 6.85
taking average 6 and 6.85 is less than 7.85 .
hence option b is your ans.


When x = 15, you will get f(x) = 8
Why do we need to put x = 15 again in the second equation?
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The daily closing price of one barrel of oil for first 15 days of a [#permalink]
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void wrote:
koala wrote:
To find the median we have to arrange the values in ascending order first. How would we even achieve this? I know plugging n the numbers won't work. What is the strategy behind this question?

to ans your question , let see -
30 days were given, to find median of 30 days is avg of 15th and 16th day.
we are provided with equations for 1st half of month and other 15 days for remaining half.
for first equation, put x=15 you will get 6 and put 15 in second equation you will 6.85
taking average 6 and 6.85 is less than 7.85 .
hence option b is your ans.


When x = 15, you will get f(x) = 8
Why do we need to put x = 15 again in the second equation?

i am not sure, it will explain or justifying explaination....but let go with it..
i just assume that 15 days as one quantity and another 15 days which, i start number from 1 to 15. I did it because question says two half and start number so i start number from 1 to 15 and same way for another number. if you put x=30 in seond equation will still valuse about 4.75 and average of 4.75+6 is is less than 7.85..
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Re: The daily closing price of one barrel of oil for first 15 days of a [#permalink]
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Shouldn't we substitute 15 in equation 1(as the question mentions there are 2 15 days period) and then 1 in equation 2 and then find the mean.
Now eq.1 gives 8 and eq.2 gives \(\frac{62}{7}\) which gives us and average of \(\frac{59}{7}\) . So option A should be correct.
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Can you please explain here why the OA has to be Option (A)?
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Re: The daily closing price of one barrel of oil for first 15 days of a [#permalink]
The median for the 30 days will be the mean of the 15th and 16th days.

For 15th day, f(x)= 0.4x+2, where x = 15. ====> On substituting x=15 in the function, we get 8.

For 16th day, f(x) = (-x / 7 ) + 9, where x=16.==> On substituting x= 16 in the function, we get 6.714285714285714

The median will be ( 8 + 6.714285714285714 ) / 2 = 7.357142857142858

7.357142857142858 is greater than 7.35.

So, therefore Option A should be the right answer.
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The median for the 30 days will be the mean of the 15th and 16th days.

For 15th day, f(x)= 0.4x+2, where x = 15. ====> On substituting x=15 in the function, we get 8.

For 16th day, f(x) = (-x / 7 ) + 9, where x=16.==> On substituting x= 16 in the function, we get 6.714285714285714

The median will be ( 8 + 6.714285714285714 ) / 2 = 7.357142857142858

7.357142857142858 is greater than 7.35.

So, therefore Option A should be the right answer.


On substituting x= 16 in the function, we get 6.714285714285714 - Correct!
But is it the least value for the second equation?
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Understood my mistake. Thanks for the explanation.
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yagneshward wrote:
Understood my mistake. Thanks for the explanation.


Anytime :thumbsup:
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