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August 1st, 2017, 08:09 AM  #1 
Member Joined: Mar 2017 From: Israel Posts: 30 Thanks: 2  Range
Hello Can you help me please about the following exercise: The variance of two numbers is 25, therefore, their range is: a. 5 b. 10 c. 25 d. The range can not be calculated without knowing numbers. e. None of the answers is correct. I think the answer is d, but I'm not sure :\ Variance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variance If you didn't understand, I will explain again (I'm not from country where people speak english, and sorry if my english is bad). Thanks a lot! Last edited by IlanSherer; August 1st, 2017 at 08:11 AM. 
August 1st, 2017, 08:41 AM  #2 
Math Team Joined: Jan 2015 From: Alabama Posts: 2,872 Thanks: 766 
A crucial point here is that the problem says "two number". If there were more than two numbers, then (d) would be correct. But knowing that there are exactly two numbers, and letting those two numbers be "m" and "n" (we can take "n" to be the larger), then we know that their mean is $\displaystyle \frac{m+ n}{2}= \frac{m}{2}+ \frac{n}{2}$. The variance then is given by $\displaystyle (m \frac{m}{2} \frac{n}{2})^2+ (n \frac{m}{2} \frac{n}{2})^2$$\displaystyle = (\frac{m}{2} \frac{n}{2})^2+ (\frac{n}{2} \frac{m}{2})^2= 2(\frac{m}{2} \frac{n}{2})^2= \frac{1}{2}(n m)^2$ Now, suppose that is 25: then $\displaystyle (n m)^2= 50$ so, since n> m, $\displaystyle n m= 25\sqrt{2}$. I would say the correct answer is (e). Last edited by Country Boy; August 1st, 2017 at 08:44 AM. 
August 1st, 2017, 08:53 AM  #3 
Member Joined: Jan 2017 From: California Posts: 80 Thanks: 8 
$s\approx \frac{range}{4}$ Therefore, $range\approx 20$ 

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