Turtles can live a long time. This stem-and-leaf plot shows the ages (in years) of the turtles in the reptile house of the Kalamazoo Zoo:


What is the average age of the turtles (in years)?

SmartMathMan  Dec 20, 2017

2+0 Answers


This is part b-


For this problem, use the data from part (a).

A box turtle and a map turtle escape from the reptile house of the Kalamazoo Zoo. The box turtle is older than the map turtle. The average age of the turtles remaining at the zoo after the escape is 1 year less than the average age before the escape.

What is the age of the escaped box turtle?

SmartMathMan  Dec 20, 2017

Let's order the data


1,1,2,5,6,7,10,10,13, 18, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27, 31, 36, 54, 63, 67


The average age  is  22 yrs


The sum  of the ages  is  440 yrs


When  two  of the turtles leave, the average is  21 yrs....and there are 18 turtles left


So....the sum of the ages is  21 * 18  = 378


And the difference  in the sums  is  62


The only two values that sum to 62  are  26 and 36


So.....the box turtle must have been 36 and the map turtle must have been 26



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CPhill  Dec 20, 2017

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