Reviewing Data Sets

Mean Number of Fillings

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Mean Number of Fillings

  1. Ten people sit in a dentist’s waiting room. The mean number of fillings they have in their mouths is 4. Yet none of the 10 people actually have 4 fillings. Explain how this situation is possible.
  2. These are all true statements. Explain why each one must be true.
    • At least one person has more than 4 fillings and at least one has fewer than 4 fillings.
    • No person has more than 40 fillings.
    • From 0–9 people could have 0 fillings.
    • At least 2 people must have fewer than the mean number of 4 fillings.
    • It is not possible that all 10 people have an equal number of fillings.