This month's problem engages students in statistics, namely descriptive statistics. During the lesson, students will work with two measures of central tendency, the mean and the mode.

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Amy Farrell,, is a mathematics instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, Indiana. She teaches preservice elementary teachers and emphasizes the importance of promoting conceptual understanding in the mathematics classroom.

Edited by Jane Wilburne, who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in math and mathematics education at Penn State Harrisburg in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Each month, this section of the Problem Solvers department features a new challenge for students. Readers may submit problems to be considered for future columns. Receipt of problems will not be acknowledged; however, those selected for publication will be credited to the author. Find detailed submission guidelines for all departments at

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