Given the set: {5,3,6,-2,5,6, -1,x}, for what x would the

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Given the set: {5,3,6,-2,5,6, -1,x}, for what x would the mean of the set be 0?
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Daisy Patrick
Answered 2022-04-26 Author has 16 answers
By definition, the mean or average of a set of data is given by
x=1ni=1nxi.
Application in this particular case yields :
0=18(5+3+62+5+61+x)
x=22
Answer:
x=-22
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