For a certain brand of light bulbs, the time (in thousands of hours) until the instant a light bulb burns out follows an exponential distribution. From past experience, we know that of the light bulbs will go out within 500 hours of use. What proportion of the light bulbs can be expected to go out within 1000 hours of use?
In a tech support call center for a brand of laser printers, the length of time (in minutes) for a technical support call follows an exponential distribution. From past experience, 60% of the calls last 3 minutes or less. What proportion of the calls can be expected to last more than 15 minutes?
Solution is found below.
Solution of Problem 1a
Let be the lifetime of this brand of light bulb. We have . Plugging in 0.5 (500 hours) for , we have . This leads to . The following is the answer:
Answer to Problem 1b