# Queryable.Average Method (IQueryable<Decimal>)

Silverlight

Computes the average of a sequence of Decimal values.

Namespace:  System.Linq
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

## Syntax

```public static decimal Average(
this IQueryable<decimal> source
)
```

#### Parameters

source
Type: System.Linq.IQueryable<Decimal>
A sequence of Decimal values to calculate the average of.

#### Return Value

Type: System.Decimal
The average of the sequence of values.

#### Usage Note

In Visual Basic and C#, you can call this method as an instance method on any object of type IQueryable<Decimal>. When you use instance method syntax to call this method, omit the first parameter.

## Exceptions

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

source is null.

InvalidOperationException

source contains no elements.

## Remarks

The Average(IQueryable<Decimal>) method generates a MethodCallExpression that represents calling Average(IQueryable<Decimal>) itself. It then passes the MethodCallExpression to the Execute<TResult>(Expression) method of the IQueryProvider represented by the Provider property of the source parameter.

The query behavior that occurs as a result of executing an expression tree that represents calling Average(IQueryable<Decimal>) depends on the implementation of the type of the source parameter. The expected behavior is that it calculates the average of the values in source.

## Examples

The following code example demonstrates how to use Average(IQueryable<Int32>) to calculate the average of a sequence of values.

Note:

This code example uses an overload of this overloaded method that is different from the specific overload that this topic describes. To extend the example to this topic, substitute the elements of the source sequence with elements of the appropriate numerical type.

```
List<int> grades = new List<int> { 78, 92, 100, 37, 81 };

outputBlock.Text += String.Format("The average grade is {0}.", average) + "\n";

// This code produces the following output:
//
// The average grade is 77.6.

```

## Version Information

#### Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

#### Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1

## Platforms

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.