Mean

The mean is the most commonly used average.

To find the mean of a list of numbers, add them all together and divide by how many numbers there are:

\text{mean} = \frac{\text{sum of all the numbers}}{\text{amount of numbers}}

Example

7 babies weigh the following amounts:

2.5 kg, 3.1 kg, 3.4 kg, 3.5 kg, 3.5 kg, 4 kg, 4.1 kg

Find the mean mass of the babies.

\text{mean} = \frac{2.5 + 3.1 + 3.4 + 3.5 + 3.5 + 4 + 4.1}{7} = \frac{24.1}{7} = 3.44 (2 dp)

The mean mass of the babies is 3.44 kg.