I am horrible at math and we just received our midterm grades. I am trying to figure out how many people got which score in the class. All I know is the mean.
For example:
50 students
Average score: 72
How would I figure out how many people got this score? (I'm assuming it would be 25)
How do you figure out the score distribution in your class?

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Re: How do you figure out the score distribution in your class?
Connor Benz wrote:I am horrible at math and we just received our midterm grades. I am trying to figure out how many people got which score in the class. All I know is the mean.
For example:
50 students
Average score: 72
How would I figure out how many people got this score? (I'm assuming it would be 25)
You can't figure out your distribution from just the mean.
For example, a mean of 5:
It could be 5 and 5
It could be 4 and 6
It could be 3 and 7.
You just can't tell from only that information.

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Re: How do you figure out the score distribution in your class?
Connor Benz wrote:DAMN!
thanks!
No problem. Good luck.

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Re: How do you figure out the score distribution in your class?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal_distribution
this is probably your best approximation if you know absolutely nothing else about the distribution
this is probably your best approximation if you know absolutely nothing else about the distribution
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Re: How do you figure out the score distribution in your class?
Connor Benz wrote:I am horrible at math and we just received our midterm grades. I am trying to figure out how many people got which score in the class. All I know is the mean.
For example:
50 students
Average score: 72
How would I figure out how many people got this score? (I'm assuming it would be 25)
prof didn't give the top score ?
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