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Ms. Nguyen wants to describe how much most middle school students read during summer vacation. She has data showing how many pages each of her students read last summer, but she does not know how she should use the data.

Write a note explaining to her what the mean, median, and mode are and what each of these measures of central tendency might tell her about the reading habits of middle school students.

To refresh your memory on mean, median, and mode, refer to Lesson 1.3.2 in your textbook.

Would any of this information not be helpful? Sarah thinks that the mean and the median will help the teacher, but that the mode will not, since it does not really matter if many students read the exact same number of pages. Think about Sarah's ideas and use them to help you with the rest of the problem.