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Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

This problem follows on from M, M and M so you may want to look at that first.

Here's an interesting set of five numbers: $$2, 5, 5, 6, 7$$ The mean, mode, median and range are all 5.

Can you find other sets of five positive whole numbers where:

Mean = Median = Mode = Range 
 


Can you find sets of five positive whole numbers that satisfy the following properties?

Mode < Median < Mean

Mode < Mean < Median

Mean < Mode < Median

Mean < Median < Mode

Median < Mode < Mean

Median < Mean < Mode


Not all of these can be satisfied by sets of five numbers! Can you explain why?

Show that some of them can be satisfied with sets of just four numbers.
Show that all of them can be satisfied with sets of six numbers.


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