My name is Karen. I am a junior in high school and I have a question: If given a class of 30 people who take a test with a mean of 80. Can the standard deviation ever = 0? If so, why? My supposition is that the only way the standard deviation can be 0 is if all the students in the class scored an 80 on the test. Hi Karen, You are precisely correct. If you had the 30 scores you would calculate the standard deviation in 4 steps.
In step 2, each of the numbers you are adding is a square and hence can not be negative. Thus the only way that the sum can be zero is if each of the numbers you add is zero. That is for each student Penny
