# Thread: Mean From a set of numbers

1. ## Mean From a set of numbers

I Did this one in first year but i cant do it in college ...

For the following set of numbers
57 22 35 x 62

The mean is calculated to be 52.
What is the value of x?

Thanks for any help

2. Originally Posted by Ciachyou
I Did this one in first year but i cant do it in college ...

For the following set of numbers
57 22 35 x 62

The mean is calculated to be 52.
What is the value of x?

Thanks for any help
The mean [average] of the 5 numbers is 52

Thus, $\displaystyle \frac{57+22+35+x+62}{5}=52$

Now solve for x.

Does this makes sense?

--Chris

3. That's what i got but i cant get the "Now solve for x" part.

4. Originally Posted by Ciachyou
That's what i got but i cant the "Now solve for x." part.
To solve for x: $\displaystyle \frac{57+22+35+x+62}{5}=52$

Multiply both sides by 5:

$\displaystyle 57+22+35+x+62=260$

Then isolate x:

Note that $\displaystyle 57+22+35+62=176$

Thus, $\displaystyle x+176=260 \implies \color{red}\boxed{x=84}$

Does this make sense now?

--Chris

5. Makes perfect scene to me now, thanks Chris.

appreciate it : )