Posted by Grace on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 8:59pm.
1)If a (theres a square)b is defined as the average of a and b, what is the value of 2 (theres a square) 4 (theres a square) 9?
a) 3
b)5
c) 6
d)7.5
e) 18
2)If A=(r+s)F, what is the average of r and s when A=8 and F=2?
3) For the three numbers a,j,k, (a<j<k),the arithmetic mean is median and k is three times as large as j,What is the value of a/j?

Math  Steve, Monday, August 6, 2012 at 4:48am
using a • instead of a square,
If a•b means (a+b)/2, whats is 2•4•9?
2•4 = 3
3•9 = 6
so (2•4)•9 = 6
how about 2•(4•9)?
That is 2•(13/2) = 17/4
so, since • is not associative, asking what 2•4•9 is has no answer.
after all,
(a•b)•c = ((a+b)/2 + c)/2 = a/4 + b/4 + c/2
a•(b•c) = (a+(b+c)/2)/2 = a/2 + b/4 + c/4

8 = (r+s)2
4 = (r+s)
avg(r,s) = (r+s)/2 = 2

mean = (a+j+k)/3
median = j, so
(a+j+k)/3 = j
a+j+k = 3j
but, k=3j, so
a+4j = 3j
a = j
a/j = 1
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