Charlie has moved between countries and the average income of both has increased. How can this be so?
Imagine you have a large supply of 3kg and 8kg weights. How many of each weight would you need for the average (mean) of the weights to be 6kg? What other averages could you have?
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
This tool allows you to create custom-specified random numbers, such as the total on three dice.
Imagine picking up a bow and some arrows and attempting to hit the target a few times. Can you work out the settings for the sight that give you the best chance of gaining a high score?
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
Is the mean of the squares of two numbers greater than, or less than, the square of their means?
Play around with sets of five numbers and see what you can discover about different types of average...
Can you do a little mathematical detective work to figure out which number has been wiped out?
There are four unknown numbers. The mean of the first two numbers is 4, and the mean of the first three numbers is 9. The mean of all four numbers is 15. If one of the four numbers was 2, what were. . . .
Given a probability density function find the mean, median and mode of the distribution.
Given the mean and standard deviation of a set of marks, what is the greatest number of candidates who could have scored 100%?
Don't get rid of your old calendars! You can get a lot more mathematical mileage out of them before they are thrown away. These activities, using cut up dates from the calendar, provide numbers to. . . .
There are thirteen axes of rotational symmetry of a unit cube. Describe them all. What is the average length of the parts of the axes of symmetry which lie inside the cube?
What is the relationship between the arithmetic, geometric and harmonic means of two numbers, the sides of a right angled triangle and the Golden Ratio?
Edward Wallace based his A Level Statistics Project on The Mean Game. Each picks 2 numbers. The winner is the player who picks a number closest to the mean of all the numbers picked.
Take any two positive numbers. Calculate the arithmetic and geometric means. Repeat the calculations to generate a sequence of arithmetic means and geometric means. Make a note of what happens to the. . . .
Can you use the diagram to prove the AM-GM inequality?
Ann thought of 5 numbers and told Bob all the sums that could be made by adding the numbers in pairs. The list of sums is 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10,10, 11, 12. Help Bob to find out which numbers Ann was. . . .
Can you number the vertices, edges and faces of a tetrahedron so that the number on each edge is the mean of the numbers on the adjacent vertices and the mean of the numbers on the adjacent faces?
Three students had collected some data on the wingspan of some bats. Unfortunately, each student had lost one measurement. Can you find the missing information?
Show that the arithmetic mean, geometric mean and harmonic mean of a and b can be the lengths of the sides of a right-angles triangle if and only if a = bx^3, where x is the Golden Ratio.