



 
Hi Jason, To find the average age of the cars you find the age of each car, total the ages and divided the resulting sum by 300. Since you have the data nicely compiled in a table the calculation is easier than that. Since this is 2011, to find the age of a car you subtract the year it was built from 2011. Thus for the cars built in 1971 their age is $2011  1971 = 40.$ You have 50 cars of this age so adding 40 years, 50 times gives $40 \times 50 = 2000$ years. Likewise for the cars built in 1972 the sum of their ages is $39 \times 56$ years. Continuing across the table the sum of the ages of all the cars is \[(40 \times 50) + (39 \times 56) + (38 \times 30) + \cdot \cdot \cdot + (31 \times 40) \mbox{ years. }\] Divide this sum by the number of cars, 300, to obtain the average age of the cars in years. Penny  


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