Question 1. A survey was conducted by a group of students as a part of their environment awareness programme, in which they collected the following data regarding the number of plants in 20 houses in a locality. Find the mean number of plants per house.

Number of plants | 0-2 | 2-4 | 4-6 | 6-8 | 8-10 | 10-12 | 12-14 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Number of houses | 1 | 2 | 1 | 5 | 6 | 2 | 3 |

Which method did you use for finding the mean, and why?

**Solution:**

Class Interval | fi | xi | fixi |
---|---|---|---|

0-2 | 1 | 1 | 1 |

2-4 | 2 | 3 | 6 |

4-6 | 1 | 5 | 5 |

6-8 | 5 | 7 | 35 |

8-10 | 6 | 9 | 54 |

10-12 | 2 | 11 | 22 |

12-14 | 3 | 13 | 39 |

Σ f_{i} = 20 | Σ f_{i}x_{i} = 162 |

Mean can be calculated as follows:

`x=(Σf_ix_1)/(Σf_1)=(162)/(20)=8.1`

In this case, the values of fi and xi are small hence direct method has been used.

Question 2. Consider the following distribution of daily wages of 50 workers of a factory.

Daily wages (in Rs) | 100-120 | 120-140 | 140-160 | 160-180 | 180-200 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

Number of workers | 12 | 14 | 8 | 6 | 10 |

Find the mean daily wages of the workers of the factory by using an appropriate method.

**Solution:** In this case, value of xi is quite large and hence we should select the assumed mean method.

Let us take assumed mean a = 150

Class Interval | fi | xi | di = xi - a | fidi |
---|---|---|---|---|

100-120 | 12 | 110 | -40 | -480 |

120-140 | 14 | 130 | -20 | -280 |

140-160 | 8 | 150 | 0 | 0 |

160-180 | 6 | 170 | 20 | 120 |

180-200 | 10 | 190 | 40 | 400 |

Σ f_{i} = 50 | Σ f_{i}d_{i} = -240 |

Now, mean of deviations can be calculated as follows:

`d=(Σf_i\d_i)/(Σf_i)=(-240)/(50)=-4.8`

Mean can be calculated as follows:

`x = d + a = -4.8 + 150 = 145.20`

Question 3. The following distribution shows the daily pocket allowance of children of a locality. The mean pocket allowance is Rs. 18. Find the missing frequency f.

Daily pocket allowance (in Rs) | 11-13 | 13-15 | 15-17 | 17-19 | 19-21 | 21-23 | 23-25 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Number of children | 7 | 6 | 9 | 13 | f | 5 | 4 |

**Solution:**

Class Interval | fi | xi | fixi |
---|---|---|---|

11-13 | 7 | 12 | 84 |

13-15 | 6 | 14 | 84 |

15-17 | 9 | 16 | 144 |

17-19 | 13 | 18 | 234 |

19-21 | f | 20 | 20f |

21-23 | 5 | 22 | 110 |

23-25 | 4 | 24 | 96 |

Σ f_{i} = 44 + f | Σ f_{i}x_{i} = 752 + 20f |

We have;

`x=(Σf_i\x_i)/(Σf_i)=18`

Or, `18=(752+20f)/(44+f)`

Or, `18(44+f)=752+20f`

Or, `2f=40`

Or, `f=20`

Question 4. Thirty women were examined in a hospital by a doctor and the number of heart beats per minute were recorded and summarized as follows. Find the mean heart beats per minute for these women, choosing a suitable method.

Number of heart beats per min | 65-68 | 68-71 | 71-74 | 74-77 | 77-80 | 80-83 | 83-86 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Number of women | 2 | 4 | 3 | 8 | 7 | 4 | 2 |

**Solution:**

Class Interval | fi | xi | di = xi - a | fidi |
---|---|---|---|---|

65-68 | 2 | 66.5 | -9 | -18 |

68-71 | 4 | 69.5 | -6 | -24 |

71-74 | 3 | 72.5 | -3 | -9 |

74-77 | 8 | 75.5 | 0 | 0 |

77-80 | 7 | 78.5 | 3 | 21 |

80-83 | 4 | 81.5 | 6 | 24 |

83-86 | 2 | 84.5 | 9 | 18 |

Σ f_{i} = 30 | Σ f_{i}d_{i} = 12 |

Now, mean can be calculated as follows:

`d=(Σf_i\d_i)/(Σf_1)=12/30=0.4`

`x=d+a=0.4+75.5=75.9`

Question 5. In a retail market, fruit vendors were selling mangoes kept in packing boxes. These boxes contained varying number of mangoes. The following was the distribution of mangoes according to the number of boxes.

Number of mangoes | 50-52 | 53-55 | 56-58 | 89-61 | 62-64 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

Number of boxes | 15 | 110 | 135 | 115 | 25 |

Find the mean number of mangoes kept in a packing box. Which method of finding the mean did you choose?

**Solution:**

Class Interval | fi | xi | di = x - a | fidi |
---|---|---|---|---|

50-52 | 15 | 51 | -6 | 90 |

53-55 | 110 | 54 | -3 | -330 |

56-58 | 135 | 57 | 0 | 0 |

59-61 | 115 | 60 | 3 | 345 |

62-64 | 25 | 63 | 6 | 150 |

Σ f_{i} = 400 | Σ f_{i}d_{i} = 75 |

Mean can be calculated as follows:

`d=(Σf_i\d_i)/(Σf_1)=75/400=0.1875`

`x=d+a=0.1875+57=57.1875`

In this case, there are wide variations in fi and hence assumed mean method is used.

Question 6. The table below shows the daily expenditure on food of 25 households in a locality.

Daily expenditure (in Rs) | 100-150 | 150-200 | 200-250 | 250-300 | 300-350 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

Number of households | 4 | 5 | 12 | 2 | 2 |

Find the mean daily expenditure on food by a suitable method.

**Solution:**

Class Interval | fi | xi | di = xi - a | ui = di/h | fiui |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

100-150 | 4 | 125 | -100 | -2 | -8 |

150-200 | 5 | 175 | -50 | -1 | -5 |

200-250 | 12 | 225 | 0 | 0 | 0 |

250-300 | 2 | 275 | 50 | 1 | 2 |

300-350 | 2 | 325 | 100 | 2 | 4 |

Σ f_{i} = 25 | Σ f_{i}u_{i} = -7 |

Mean can be calculated as follows:

`x=a+(Σf_i\u_i)/(Σf_i)xxh`

`=225+(-7)/(25)xx50=211`

Question 7. To find out the concentration of SO_{2} in the air (in parts per million, i.e. ppm), the data was collected for 30 localities in a certain city and is presented below:

Concentration of SO_{2} (in ppm) | Frequency |
---|---|

0.00-0.04 | 4 |

0.04-0.08 | 9 |

0.08-0.12 | 9 |

0.12-0.16 | 2 |

0.16-0.20 | 4 |

0.20-0.24 | 2 |

Find the mean concentration of SO_{2} in the air.

**Solution:**

Class Interval | fi | xi | fixi |
---|---|---|---|

0.00-0.04 | 4 | 0.02 | 0.08 |

0.04-0.08 | 9 | 0.06 | 0.54 |

0.08-0.12 | 9 | 0.10 | 0.90 |

0.12-0.16 | 2 | 0.14 | 0.28 |

0.16-0.20 | 4 | 0.18 | 0.72 |

0.20-0.24 | 2 | 0.22 | 0.44 |

Σ f_{i} = 30 | Σ f_{i}x_{i} = 2.96 |

Mean can be calculated as follows:

`x=(Σf_i\x_i)/(Σf_i)=(2.96)/(30)=0.099 pp\m`

Question 8. A class teacher has the following absentee record of 40 students of a class for the whole term. Find the mean number of days a student was absent.

Number of days | 0-6 | 6-10 | 10-14 | 14-20 | 20-28 | 28-38 | 38-40 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Number of students | 11 | 10 | 7 | 4 | 4 | 3 | 1 |

**Solution:**

Class Interval | fi | xi | fixi |
---|---|---|---|

0-6 | 11 | 3 | 33 |

6-10 | 10 | 8 | 80 |

10-14 | 7 | 12 | 84 |

14-20 | 4 | 17 | 68 |

20-28 | 4 | 24 | 96 |

28-38 | 3 | 33 | 99 |

38-40 | 1 | 39 | 39 |

Σ f_{i} = 40 | Σ f_{i}x_{i} = 499 |

Mean can be calculated as follows:

`x=(Σf_i\x_i)/(Σf_i)=(499)/(40)=12.4` (approx)

Question 9. The following table gives the literacy rate (in percentage) of 35 cities. Find the mean literacy rate.

Literacy rate (in %) | 45-55 | 55-65 | 65-75 | 75-85 | 85-98 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

Number of cities | 3 | 10 | 11 | 8 | 3 |

**Solution:**

Class Interval | fi | xi | di = xi - a | ui = di/h | fiui |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

45-55 | 3 | 50 | -20 | -2 | -6 |

55-65 | 10 | 60 | -10 | -1 | -10 |

65-75 | 11 | 70 | 0 | 0 | 0 |

75-85 | 8 | 80 | 10 | 1 | 8 |

85-95 | 3 | 90 | 20 | 2 | 6 |

Σ f_{i} = 35 | Σ f_{i}u_{i} = -2 |

Mean can be calculated as follows:

`x=a+(Σf_i\u_i)/(Σf_i)xxh`

`=70+(-2)/(35)xx10=69.42`

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