Online Math Dictionary: M

Easy to understand math definitions for K-Algebra mathematics
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magic square mean median
midpoint formula milligram millimeter
millisecond minuend Mobius strip
mode monomial multiple


Magic Square
A magic square is filled with the numbers 1-9 (each used once) so that the sum of every rowand every column is the same (15 in my example).
magic square

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The mean of a group of numbers is the same thing as the average.  It's weird to define "average" in words, but really easy  to show what it is.  
Look at this list of numbers:  3, 6, 13, 4, 9...   Add them up and we get 35...  Now, divide by how many numbers there are.  There are five numbers, so divide 35 by 5...   We get 7 and that's the average of this list of numbers.  Notice that some of the numbers are above 7 and some are below.

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The median is the middle number of a group.   
Example:  Here's a list of numbers:  
          2, 8, 5, 9, 12, 11, 1
Arrange them in order:  
          1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12
Count in from the front and the back to find the one that's in the middle... The median is 8.