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Question 01 (d) 

Multiple Choice question: Select ONE correct answer. You will not be graded for any work. A Math 103 class of 100 students took a test. The following graph shows how many students' marks were in each of the intervals 110, 1120, ..., 91100. What was (approximately) the median? (a) 50 (b) 60 (c) 70 (d) 80 (e) 90 
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Hint 

For a random variable the median is defined as the value in the middle when all of the numbers lay sorted in front of you:
Find a number such that half of the students have less points and half of the students have more points than this number.

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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. In total we have 100 students. So we need to find the number of points such that 50 students have more and 50 students have less points. We line up the marks of the students:
So, the students in the column between 60 and 70 got an amount of marks between 60 and 70. The students in the column between 70 and 80 got an amount of marks between 70 and 80. So, the 70 lies exaclty in the middle. Hence the mean is about 70 and answer c) is correct. 