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Statistics in Business

Sections 4 and 5
Class 05 Assignment
Due Wed February 1, 2012
1. (EMBS problem 19, page 260) The average amount of precipitation in Dallas,
Texas during April is 3.5 inches (The World Almanac, 2000). Assume that a normal
distribution applies and that the standard deviation is 0.8 inches.
a. What percentage of Aprils do we expect precipitation to exceed 5 inches?
b. What percentage of Aprils do we expect less than 3 inches?
c. A month is classified as extremely wet if the amount of precipitation is in the
upper 10% for that month. How much precipitation must there be in April for it to be
classified as extremely wet?
a. = 1-normdist(5,3.5,.8,true) = 0.030 = 3.0%
b = normdist(3,3.5,.8,true) = 0.266 = 26.6%
c = norminv(.9,3.5,.8) = 4.525 inches

2. (EMBS problem 23, page 260) The time needed to complete a final exam in a
particular college course is normally distributed with a mean of 80 minutes and a
standard deviation of 10 minutes.
a. What is the probability a student completes the exam in one hour or less?
b. What is the probability the student will complete the exam in more than 60 but
less than 75 minutes?
c. The distribution of number of hours to complete this exam is normal with a mean
of 1.333. What is the variance?
d. Assume the class has 60 students and the period is only 90 minutes long. What
percentage of students do we expect will not be able to finish the exam?
e. (extra credit) How many of the 60 will not be able to complete the exam in the 90
minutes? (State any additional assumptions you make in answering part e.)

a. = normdist(60,80,10,true) = 0.023
b = normdist(75,80,10,true) normdist(60,80,10,true) = 0.309 0.023 =
c = the standard deviation in hours is 10/60. The variance in hours is the
square of this = 0.028
d.=1-normdist(90,80,10,true) = 0.159
e. The number not finishing is a random variable. If completion times are
independent and identically distributed across the 60 students, then the

number not finishing will be binomially distribution with n=60 and p =


3. Cy is the firms expert forecaster who uses the language of probability when
making forecasts. With respect to next years total sales, Cys best guess is $4.5
million, and Cy says there is a 95% probability total sales will be between $3.5 and
$5.5 million. If the normal distribution applies, what is the probability sales will
exceed $5 million next year?

If the normal distribution applies, then the best guess of $4.5 is the mean.
To find the standard deviation, we use the fact that there is about a 95%
probability the random variable will be within +/- two (actually it is 1.96)
of the mean. This translates to a standard deviation of ($5.5 - $4.5)/2 =
$0.5 million. The probability sales will exceed $5 is then 1
normdist(5,4.5,.5,true) = 0.159.

4. The filling machine is set to fill bottles with a target (mean) amount of 10.2 fluid
ounces. The actual amount in a bottle will be normally distributed with mean 10.2
ounces and standard deviation of 0.16 ounces. If the machine fills 100 bottles, how
many bottles do we expect in each of the following seven bins? In other words, how
many of the 100 bottles do we expect will contain less than 9.95 ounces? How many
do we expect will contain more than 9.95 and less than 10.05? And so on..

< 9.95
9.95 to
10.05 to
10.15 to
10.25 to
10.35 to
> 10.45


The expected count in any cell will be

100*[NORMDIST(upperbinlbound,10.2,0.16,true)normdist(lowerbinbound,10.2,.16,true)]. So for the second bin, we have =
100*[normdist(10.05,10.2,0.16,true)-normidst(9.95,10.2,0.16,true)] =
100*(0.174-0.059) = 11.52 bottles.