How to Find the Median

How to Find the Median

The median is the middle number in a range of numbers.

Let’s say that you’re helping your child with their homework, and you’re given a list of numbers with the directions to find the median.

How to Find the Median

To find the median of these numbers, you would first put the numbers in order from lowest to highest:

How to Find the Median

 

Then look for the number that falls in the middle.

How to Find the Median

The number 15 falls in the middle. There are three numbers to the left of 15 and three numbers to the right of 15, making 15 the middle number.

When there is an odd amount of numbers in a list, it’s easy to find the middle number.

However, it’s a little more difficult to find the middle number when you’re dealing with a list containing an even amount of numbers.

How to Find the Median

First, you’ll need to put the numbers in order from lowest to highest.

How to Find the Median

There are 8 numbers in the list, so there is not just one middle number, but two.

How to Find the Median

To find the value halfway between these two numbers, we add them together first:

How to Find the Median

Then we divide the answer by 2:

How to Find the Median

So the median of this list of numbers is 22.

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Jay Willis

Jay Willis joined Mometrix as Vice President of Sales in 2009, and has developed several key strategic relationships that have enhanced the distribution of Mometrix products. With nearly 20 years of sales experience in the publishing industry, his dedication to providing the highest quality experience for customers, coupled with his sales and marketing expertise, has resulted in significant growth of the Institutional Sales division. Learn more

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