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 Post subject: Maths question - averages using algebra?Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:55 am

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Hello,

Please could someone help with the following question:

The mean weight of 5 children is 45kg.
The mean weight of the lightest three children is 42kg and the mean weight of
the heaviest three children is 49kg.
What is the median weight of the children in kg?

I've managed to answer it using 3 different algebraic equations and substitution, but DS would find this approach too complicated.
Is there another way to answer this?

Thanks

PS taken from an 11+ sample paper

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 Post subject: Re: Maths question - averages using algebra?Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:40 am

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Hi,
Sorry I can’t help with the maths but as far as I am aware only the mean is covered on the KS2 national curriculum. If you are needing to use algebraic equations to solve it then I would suggest this question is beyond the level of the 11+. My child sat the 11+ last year- the 11+ practice maths book (Bond) was far beyond what had been taught at school and the feedback after the test was that it was far easier than the Bond book and was stuff done at school.

My advice, for what it’s worth, is to not worry about this sort of question (it’s unlike to come up and will only be worth a couple of points if it does). Do concentrate on times tables; speed and accuracy with completing MCQs; and making sure your child is secure with the areas covered on the KS2 maths curriculum.

I’m sure someone mathematically minded will be along to help with your question though!

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 Post subject: Re: Maths question - averages using algebra?Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:47 am

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The mean weight of 5 children is 45kg.
The mean weight of the lightest three children is 42kg and the mean weight of the heaviest three children is 49kg.
What is the median weight of the children in kg?

PS taken from an 11+ sample paper

What is the total weight of all 5 children?

What is the total weight of the lightest 3? Heaviest 3?

How can we use these to get the median? [this is *not* a suitable 11+ question]

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 Post subject: Re: Maths question - averages using algebra?Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:00 pm

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Median, mode and range are not part of KS2 curriculum any more (unless the curriculum has changed again since I retired -it's even harder keeping up with it once you've left the chalk face!)

Algebra in KS2 is fairly simple just using and deriving simple equations and expressions so I would not expect a child who has is just at the beginning of year 6 to use algebra to solve this.

It might be fun to have a go at it, using G55's hints, but I would not worry too much about this type of question as it is unlikely to come up in the real thing. Out of interest what paper was this, was there a date?

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 Post subject: Re: Maths question - averages using algebra?Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:42 pm

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Finding the mean is in Year 6 but not the median.

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 Post subject: Re: Maths question - averages using algebra?Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:46 pm

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The question was from a 2008 paper which explains why median was included.

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 Post subject: Re: Maths question - averages using algebra?Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:48 pm

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I would explain it as follows:

You have children A, B, C, D, E (in weight order). The weight of child C will be the median. Their total weight is 5x45 = 225kg

Children A, B, C have a combined weight of 126kg (42x3)
Children C, D, E have a combined weight of 147kg (49X3)
Add them together child A, B, C, C, D, E= 273kg
273- 225 = 48kg (weight of child C)

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