Posted by **Kristin** on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:41pm.

Jack has the following scores on exams in his math class.

81, 87, 93, 89, 61, 81

If he wants to make his performance sound as good as possible, which measure should he use—the mean, the median, or the mode of his exam grades when he talks about how he is doing?

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**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:43pm
Figure out the mean, median, and mode. Which do you think shows his performance most to his advantage?

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**Kristin**, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:52pm
The mean?

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**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:57pm
Nope.

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**Kristin**, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:59pm
It would have to be the median?

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**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 8:02pm
What did you get for the mean, mode, and the median?

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**Kristin**, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 8:07pm
Mean 82

Median 3

Mode 81

The median? But I really do not understand it because it is such a low number? I am sorry I am trying to understand.

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**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 8:17pm
The median is not 3. The median is the middle number of a set.

61, 81, 81, 87, 89, 93

The middle of this set is the number between 81 and 87 = 84

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**Belle**, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 8:21pm
I thought if I couldn't get it to subtract 81-87? So I just put 81, 82, 83, 84, 87? Then go from there to get my middle? ok And the best sounds like it would difinietely be 84. I am going to go back to my chapter and see what I forgot. Thanks Ms. Sue!

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**Kristin**, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 8:23pm
I got the same thing 3. our teacher we thought said to subtract the two middle and then divide it by two to get the median. We are confused.

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**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 8:24pm
You're welcome, Belle/Kristin.

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