When asked what her math average was, a student coyly responded: "I've taken four tests to date and when I add the highest score with my lowest score and divide the result by the sum of my other two scores, I get a ratio of 1.4"
Assuming all scores are equally weighted and each grade is a real number between 0 and 100 inclusive, find four scores that produce the highest possible average (arithmetic mean), and show that a higher average is not possible.
I ran a brute force computer program that gave the following scores: 54,54,56,and 100 and a mean of 66.

Posted by Bractals
on 20061210 13:23:43 