Question

It is believed that in the 1700s in Europe life expectancy at birth was only around...

It is believed that in the 1700s in Europe life expectancy at birth was only around 40 years. That is, a newborn baby could expect on average to live 40 years. IT is also known that child mortality was extremely high. Maybe, as many as 50% of all babies did not make it to their fifth birthday.

(a) Compare the median life span to the expected life span

(b) Were people old at 35?

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a.

Theaverage life of a baby is 40 years

Whereas, the median life of a baby is given to be 5 years.

The median life span is way lower than the average life span of baby.

b. No. Since average is way more than median it means that there were a lot of babies who lived more than 40 years , and they averaged all babies average age to 40 . So, these babies would have lived far more than 40 years. Thus a value less than 40 ( 35 in our case) would not be considered a old person.

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