AP Statistics : How to use tables of normal distribution

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : How To Use Tables Of Normal Distribution

Find the area under the standard normal curve between Z=1.5 and Z=2.4.

Possible Answers:

0.3220

0.0822

0.0768

0.9000

.0586

Correct answer:

.0586

Explanation:

Example Question #2 : How To Use Tables Of Normal Distribution

Alex took a test in physics and scored a 35. The class average was 27 and the standard deviation was 5.

Noah took a chemistry test and scored an 82. The class average was 70 and the standard deviation was 8.

Show that Alex had the better performance by calculating - 

1) Alex's standard normal percentile and

2) Noah's standard normal percentile

Possible Answers:

Alex = .778

Noah = .723

Alex = .901

Noah = .926

Alex = .855

Noah = .844

Alex = .945

Noah = .933

Alex = .923

Noah = .911

Correct answer:

Alex = .945

Noah = .933

Explanation:

Alex - 

on the z-table

Noah - 

on the z-table

Example Question #3 : How To Use Tables Of Normal Distribution

When

and

Find

.

Possible Answers:

.76

.72

.68

.81

.61

Correct answer:

.72

Explanation:

  

Example Question #4 : How To Use Tables Of Normal Distribution

Arrivals to a bed and breakfast follow a Poisson process. The expected number of arrivals each week is 4. What is the probability that there are exactly 3 arrivals over the course of one week?

Possible Answers:


        

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Example Question #5 : How To Use Tables Of Normal Distribution

The masses of tomatoes are normally distributed with a mean of  grams and a standard deviation of  grams. What mass of tomatoes would be the  percentile of the masses of all the tomatoes?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The Z score for a normal distribution at the  percentile is  So  , which can be found on the normal distribution table. The mass of tomatoes in the  percentile of all tomatoes  is  standard deviations below the mean, so the mass is .

Example Question #6 : How To Use Tables Of Normal Distribution

Find 

.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

First, we use our normal distribution table to find a p-value for a z-score greater than 0.50.

Our table tells us the probability is approximately,

.

Next we use our normal distribution table to find a p-value for a z-score greater than 1.23.

Our table tells us the probability is approximately,

.

We then subtract the probability of z being greater than 0.50 from the probability of z being less than 1.23 to give us our answer of,

.

Example Question #7 : How To Use Tables Of Normal Distribution

Find 

.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

First, we use the table to look up a p-value for z > -1.22.

This gives us a p-value of,

.

Next, we use the table to look up a p-value for z > 1.59.

This gives us a p-value of,

.

Finally we subtract the probability of z being greater than -1.22 from the probability of z being less than 1.59 to arrive at our answer of,

.

Example Question #8 : How To Use Tables Of Normal Distribution

Gabbie earned a score of 940 on a national achievement test. The mean test score was 850 with a sample standard deviation of 100. What proportion of students had a higher score than Gabbie? (Assume that test scores are normally distributed.)

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

When we get this type of problem, first we need to calculate a z-score that we can use in our table.

To do that, we use our z-score formula:

 

where,

Plugging into the equation we get:

We then use our table to look up a p-value for z > 0.9. Since we want to calculate the probability of students who earned a higher score than Gabbie we need to subtract the P(z<0.9) to get our answer.

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