# What does $\bar{y}$ with a line over it represent?

I've been asked to complete this chart and have never come across this symbol before, nor can I find anything about it on google: What does the $\bar{y}$ with the line over it represent? And also, does the the t^2 column just mean square all of the time values for each row?

$\bar{y}$ means the mean of the $y$ values. For each time value, you want to take the mean of the five $y$ measurements to get a best value.

$t^2$ is just the square of the time. You want to do this because you will be plotting $y$ versus $t^2$. You expect $y \propto t^2$, so plotting that will give you a straight line. You can then fit that straight line to get the proportionality constant.

$\bar x$ is the sum of the $x$ divided by $n$, the sample size. Similarly, $\bar y$ is the sum of the $y$ divided by $n$, the sample size.

i.e. \begin{align} x_1=& 5,\, x_2=3,\, x_3= 1 \\ \bar x &=\frac{ 5 + 3 + 1}3 \\ \bar x &= 3 \end{align}

## protected by Qmechanic♦Sep 29 '14 at 23:41

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