How is the simple average calculated?

Average=sum of the numbersnumber of addendsAverage= \frac{sum~of~the~numbers}{number~of~addends}

How is the average calculated in a frequency table?

Mean (Average)

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about the mean or average for 14 years old. We assure you that you will master the topic with great ease and even be glad to find it on your exam.

Let's remember - What is the average?

You surely know what the average is, but we are here to remind you from time to time.
The average or mean is a number that represents a certain numerical set. It is its half, therefore, we can say that it represents the whole set.
For example, if we ask what Diana's average grade is, we want to arrive at a single grade that represents all of them.

Particularities of the Average

  • The average does not necessarily have to be one of the numbers in the set.
  • If we add a number identical to the average to the set, there will be no change in the average.
  • If we add to the set a number that is larger than the average, it will increase.
  • If we add to the set a number that is smaller than the average, it will decrease.
  • If we add a fixed number to each number in the set, the average will increase exactly by the value of the fixed number.
  • The average can be a fraction.

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How is the average calculated?

First step - we will add all the numbers
Second step - we will divide the total sum by the number of addends. (Let's remember that 00 is also a number)

Let's see it in the formula

Average=sum of the numbersnumber of addendsAverage= \frac{sum~of~the~numbers}{number~of~addends}


Question 1

What is Daniel's average grade considering the following scores?:
8787 in English, 5555 in math, 8080 in language, 00 in physical education, and 7070 in literature

Solution 1:
We will proceed step by step. First, we will add all the numbers and then divide the total by the number of addends.

We will obtain:


Daniel's average grade is 58.458.4.
Note that we also considered the number 00 when adding all the addends.

Question 2

If Daniel had had another history exam in which he scored 4040, would his average have been lower than 58.458.4 or higher than 58.458.4?

Solution 2:
4040 is lower than 58.458.4, therefore, if we add it to the set, his average will decrease.

Calculation of the Average in a Frequency Table

A frequency table is, in fact, a table that organizes the data in a clearer way.
When there are many data points, this type of table helps us see them more clearly, as happens, for example, with the grades of the whole class and not just those of one student.

Let's look at a frequency table

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The table tells us that:
One student scored 100100, 33 students scored 9090, 77 students scored 8080, 55 students scored 7070 and 22 students scored 6060.
Instead of noting: 60,60,70,70,70,70,70,80,80,80,8060,60,70,70,70,70,70,80,80,80,80.......... and the list still goes on.

How do you calculate the average in a frequency table?
Exactly the same way we did before:

Let's ask:

What is the class's average grade?
The result of the sum – will be the total of grades
The number of addends - will be the number of grades

Let's calculate the total of the grades: 100+3×90+7×80+5×70+2×60=1400100+3 \times 90+7 \times 80+5 \times 70+2 \times 60=1400
We multiply the number of students who obtained the same grade by the grade itself and then add to get the total of grades.
Let's calculate the number of grades: 1+3+7+5+2=181+3+7+5+2=18
The number of grades is, in fact, the number of students since each one received a grade.

We will divide the total by the number and obtain the average:
The class's average grade 77.77777.777.

The largest or smallest possible average

To find the highest possible average, we will add the highest number to the set and vice versa.
In these types of questions, there will be some condition that we must meet.

For example

The grades are within the range of 3010030-100
Romi's four grades are 8080.
Romi has another grade.
What is the lowest possible average of Romi's five grades?

We will add the lowest possible grade 3030 and calculate the average.
80×4+305=70\frac{80 \times 4+30}{5}=70