Arrange the POINTS orange points on the
number line so the arithmetic mean
and the median is
The distance between adjacent tick marks is 1.
The median is the middle number. In other words there are always as many points to the right of the median as to the left.
Try dragging the points so that half of them are to
the left of
MEDIAN and half of them
are to the right of
The two points in the middle should be the same
The middle point should be at
As long as there are as many points to the left and to the right of the median, the median will stay the same. But the arithmetic mean is calculated using the value of every point. Try moving the points on either side of the median closer and further from the median to see how the mean is affected.
There are a number of different ways to arrange the
points so the mean is
MEAN and the median is