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A set of integers consists of 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 12,

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A set of integers consists of 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 12, and x. If x increases by 1, the me­dian of the set stays unchanged. However, if x decreases by 1, the median of the set also decreases by 1. What is the value ofx?

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Re: A set of integers consists of 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 12, [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2017, 05:32
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Given the set 2 3 5 7 11 12 x, the median is 7. Thus, if 1 is summed to x, the median does not change, thus x must be a number from 7 on. In addition, we know that when 1 is subtracted from x, then the median diminishes by 1. This must be that the median becomes 6 when 1 is subtracted from x. Now, which number from 7 on when is reduced by one make the median becoming 6? Only x = 7. Then, the set would become 2 3 4 5 7 7 11 12, thus the median is 7. When we include x+1 = 8 the median stays 7. When we include x-1=6, the median becomes 6. Here we are!
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Re: A set of integers consists of 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 12, [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2018, 11:04
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No. The source is from Manhattan GRE. Usually, they create difficult questions above the average.

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Re: A set of integers consists of 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 12, [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2018, 12:15
Am I the only one who finds this question objectionable? The question gives the impression that the set is 2,3,5,7,11,12,x. I thought x would have to be the very last number in the set. The median is the number in the middle of a set so in this case the median is 7. It won't matter what x is because it will not impact the median.
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