1. ## mean, median, mode help please!

I have been given the foillowing question and have no idea of how to go about doing it.

Seven people went fishing.
The mean number of fish caught was 5
The median was 4
The mode 3
How many fish did each person catch?

2. ## Mean, mode and median

Hello bookbaby84
Originally Posted by bookbaby84
I have been given the foillowing question and have no idea of how to go about doing it.

Seven people went fishing.
The mean number of fish caught was 5
The median was 4
The mode 3
How many fish did each person catch?

Welcome to Math Help Forum!

I don't think there is a unique answer to this question, unless we have some more information. Let me tell you what I have so far.

The mean = 5. So the total number of fish caught = 7 x 5 = 35.

The median = 4. So, when we arrange the numbers of fish caught in order of size, the middle number is 4.

The mode = 3. So, in our list, 3 occurs more than any other number; in other words, there must be at least two 3's.

That means that the numbers will look like this: *, 3, 3, 4, *, *, *

Now the numbers we have found so far add up to 10. So the remaining numbers add up to 25. And there are lots of possibilities...

1, 3, 3, 4, 5, 6, 13

1, 3, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12

...you get the idea.