## Posts Tagged ‘average’

## MATH JOKE 7: Bubble Gum

January 21, 2019## Winter Olympics: Bad Math of Figure Skating Scores

February 22, 2018**According to the fab NBC video, Mathletes, nine Figure Skating judges score competitors for the complexity of each element (eg. Triple axel or triple spin jump) and the quality of the performance producing a score out of ten.**

**Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win GOLD at Pyeong Chang 2018**

This is a typical figure skating score card for one competitor.

The final score, however, is based on the average for only 5 of these scores. Two are eliminated by random selection (Red Brackets). Then the top and bottom scores are removed and the remaining five scores averaged.

## ……………………………………………………

# Now consider the IDENTICAL SCORE CARDS

# of Skater A & B:

# Skater A:

Four scores are removed. Two by the random selector (in brackets) and then the top and bottom scores (with line drawn through them)

## 7.00 + 7.00 + 7.00 + 6.75 + 7.00

## ……………………………………..

## = 34.75/ 5 = 6.95

# Skater B:

Four scores are removed. Two by the random selector (in brackets) and then the top and bottom scores (with line drawn through them). But this time the random selector eliminates two low scores.

The average:

## 7.00 + 7.25 + 7.00 + 7.00 + 7.00

## ……………………………………..

## = 35.25/ 5 = 7.05

Same score cards but Skater B gets a higher average score than Skater A.

Skater A is, in fact, beaten by a random number selector!!!!

## Cars in the USA are how old? Really? No way! Look at the World and Do the Math

February 3, 2018

**The average age of the 60 years of FORD vehicles here is 30 years. MODEL NAMES at end of post.**

**I did this to show that averages can tell us a lot or, in this case, not very much.**

**Here are some averages that tell us a lot about different countries and their love of cars!**

**The average age of vehicles in USA is a record-high of 11.6 years. More here.**

**Car ownership rates data here.**

**This is the average vehicle age, which includes vans and utes. Almost 1,000,00 vehicles were scrapped in 2015-16. More than 30% of vehicles are less than five years old. Data here.**

**In 2016, the average age of vehicles on Canadian roads was 9.66 years. Data here.**

**The average age of cars in UK is 7.7 yrs. some interesting stats here.**

**The average age of vehicles in New Zealand is 14.3 years. The average age of trucks and buses is over 17 years. Data here.**

**Cars in the European Union are on average 10.7 years old. Data here.**

**The average age of vehicles in Poland is 17.2 years. Daata here.**

**The average age of vehicles in Romania is 15.3 years. Data here.**

**The average age of vehicles in Greece is 13.5 years. Data here.**

**Ethiopia has the lowest car ownership in the world with 2 per 1,000 inhabitants in 2014.**

**The average age of Ethiopia’s fleet is 15-20 years. Best guess! Data here.**