Exam P Practice Problem 82 – Estimating the Median Weight of Bears
Problem 82A
A wildlife biologist wished to estimate the median weight of bears in Alaska. The weights of the bear population he studied follow a continuous distribution with an unknown median . He captured a sample of 15 bears. Let be the weight (in pounds) of the fifth smallest bear in the sample of 15 captured bears. Let be the weight (in pounds) of the fifth largest bear in the sample.
Calculate the probability that the median is between and , i.e., .
Problem 82B
The wildlife biologist in Problem 82A also wishes to estimate , the seventy fifth percentile of the weights of bear population he studied. Let be the weight of the tenth smallest bear in the sample of 15 captured bears. Let be the weight of the second largest bear in the sample of 15 bears.
Calculate the probability that is between and , i.e., .
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Exam P Practice Problem 66 – Median Cholesterol Level
Problem 66A
The blood cholesterol levels of men aged 55 to 64 are normally distributed with mean 225 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and standard deviation 39.5 mg/dL.
A medical researcher is planning a clinical study targeting men from the age group of 55 to 64 who have high blood cholesterol levels (above 240 mg/dL).
What is the median cholesterol level of the men in the target population of this medical study?
Problem 66B
The blood cholesterol levels of women aged 55 to 64 are normally distributed with mean 190 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and standard deviation 40 mg/dL.
A medical researcher is planning a clinical study targeting women from the age group of 55 to 64 who have borderline high blood cholesterol levels (between 200 and 240 mg/dL).
What is the median cholesterol level of the women in the target population of this medical study?
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Exam P Practice Problem 52 – Reliability of Refrigerators
Problem 52A
The time from initial purchase to the time of the first major repair (in years) for a brand of refrigerators is modeled by the random variable where is normally distributed with mean 1.2 and variance 2.25.
A customer just bought a brand new refrigerator of this particular brand. The refrigerator came with a twoyear warranty. During the warranty period, any repairs, both minor and major, are the responsibilities of the manufacturer.
What is the probability that the newly purchased refrigerator will not require major repairs during the warranty period?
Problem 52B
The time from initial purchase to the time of the first major repair (in years) for a brand of refrigerators is modeled by the random variable where is normally distributed with mean 0.8 and standard deviation 1.5.
What is the median length of time (from initial purchase) that is free of any need for major repairs?
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