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1) A state meat inspector in Iowa has been given the assignment of estimating the mean net weight of packages of ground chuck labeled "3 pounds". Of course he realizes that the weights cannot be precisely 3 pounds. A sample of 36 packages reveals the mean weight to be 3.01 pounds, with a standard deviation of 0.03 pounds.
A) What is the estimated population mean.
B) Determine a 95 percent confidence interval for the population mean.

2. A study of a company's practice regarding the payment of invoices revealed that an invoice was paid an average of 20 days after it was received. The standard deviation equaled five days. Assuming that the distribution is normal, what percent of the invoices were paid within 15 days of receipt?

3. A national manufacturer of unattached garages discovered that the distribution of the lengths of time it takes two construction workers to erect the Red Barn model is approximately normally distributed with a mean of 32 hours and a standard deviation of 2 hours. What percent of the garages take between 30 and 34 hours to erect?

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A) Estimate of population mean = sample mean according to central limit theorem. Hence answer is 3.01

B) 95% confidence interval for mean

According to central limit theorem, the sample mean is normally distributed with mean = population mean and standard
deviation = sample sd/sqrt(n) = 0.03/sqrt(36) = 0.03/6 = 0.005

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The solution examines estimating the population mean and determining the normal distribution. The percent of invoices paid on time is determined.

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1. For air travelers, one of the biggest complaints is of the waiting time between when the airplane taxis away from the terminal until the flight takes off. This waiting time is known to have a skewed-right distribution with a mean of 10 minutes and a standard deviation of 8 minutes. Suppose 100 flights have been randomly sampled. Describe the sampling distribution of the mean waiting time between when the airplane taxis away from the terminal until the flight takes off for these 100 flights.

a. Distribution is skewed-right with mean = 10 minutes and standard error = 0.8 minutes.
b. Distribution is skewed-right with mean = 10 minutes and standard error = 8 minutes.
c. Distribution is approximately normal with mean = 10 minutes and standard error = 0.8 minutes.
d. Distribution is approximately normal with mean = 10 minutes and standard error = 8 minutes.

2. The standard error of the mean for a sample of 100 is 30. In order to manipulate the standard error of the mean to be 15, we would:
a. increase the sample size to 200.
b. increase the sample size to 400.
c. decrease the sample size to 50.
d. decrease the sample size to 25.

3. The use of the finite population correction factor when sampling without replacement from finite populations will:
a. increase the standard error of the mean.
b. not affect the standard error of the mean.
c. reduce the standard error of the mean.
d. only affect the proportion, not the mean.

4. Assume that house prices in a neighborhood are normally distributed with standard deviation $20,000. A random sample of 16 observations is taken. What is the probability that the sample mean differs from the population mean by more than $5,000?
a. 0.3174
b. 0.1587
c. 0, because it is assumed that the sample mean is equal to the population mean in a normally distributed population
d. Cannot be determined from the information given

5. If the expectation of a sampling distribution is located at the parameter it is estimating, then we call that sampling distribution:
a. unbiased.
b. minimum variance.
c. biased.
d. random.

6. The diameter of Ping-Pong balls manufactured at a large factory is expected to be approximately normally distributed with a mean of 1.30 inches and a standard deviation of 0.04 inch. What is the probability that a randomly selected Ping-Pong ball will have a diameter between 1.31 and 1.33 inches?
a. 0.0987
b. 0.1747
c. 0.2734
d. 0.3721

7. Approximately 5% of U.S. families have a net worth in excess of $1 million and thus can be called "millionaires." However, a survey in the year 2000 found that 30% of Microsoft's 31,000 employees were millionaires. If random samples of 100 Microsoft employees had been taken that year, what proportion of the samples would have been between 25% and 35% millionaires?
a. 0.1379
b. 0.2758
c. 0.7242
d. 1.0911

8. For sample size 16, the sampling distribution of the mean will be approximately normally distributed:
a. regardless of the shape of the population.
b. if the shape of the population is symmetrical.
c. if the sample standard deviation is known.
d. if the sample is normally distributed.

9. The fill amount of bottles of soft drink has been found to be normally distributed with a mean of 2.0 liters and a standard deviation of 0.05 liter. If a random sample of bottles is selected, what is the probability that the sample mean will be between 1.99 and 2.0 liters?
a. 0.4772
b. 0.5228
c. 0.9544
d. Cannot be determined from the information given

10. If you were constructing a 99% confidence interval of the population mean based on a sample of n = 25 where the standard deviation of the sample s = 0.05, the critical value of t will be:

a. 2.7969
b. 2.7874
c. 2.4922
d. 2.4851

11. The width of a confidence interval estimate for a proportion will be:
a. narrower for 99% confidence than for 95% confidence.
b. wider for a sample size of 100 than for a sample size of 50.
c. narrower for 90% confidence than for 95% confidence.
d. narrower when the sample proportion is 0.50 than when the sample proportion is 0.20.

12. When determining the sample size for a proportion for a given level of confidence and sampling error, the closer to 0.50 that p is estimated to be, the __________ the sample size required.
a. smaller
b. larger
c. Sample size is not affected.
d. The effect cannot be determined from the information given.

13. A confidence interval was used to estimate the proportion of statistics students that are female. A random sample of 72 statistics students generated the following 90% confidence interval: (0.438, 0.642). Using the information above, what size sample would be necessary if we wanted to estimate the true proportion to within ±0.08 using 95% confidence?
a. 105
b. 150
c. 420
d. 597

14. A major department store chain is interested in estimating the average amount its credit card customers spent on their first visit to the chain's new store in the mall. Fifteen credit card accounts were randomly sampled and analyzed with the following results: Χ = $50.50 and 2 s = 400. Assuming the distribution of the amount spent on their first visit is approximately normal, what is the shape of the sampling distribution of the sample mean that will be used to create the desired confidence interval for µ?
a. Approximately normal with a mean of $50.50
b. A standard normal distribution
c. A t distribution with 15 degrees of freedom
d. A t distribution with 14 degrees of freedom

15. An economist is interested in studying the incomes of consumers in a particular region. The population standard deviation is known to be $1,000. A random sample of 50 individuals resulted in an average income of $15,000. What is the upper end point in a 99% confidence interval for the average income?
a. $15, 052
b. $15, 141
c. $15,330
d. $15,364

16. A 99% confidence interval estimate can be interpreted to mean that:

a. if all possible samples are taken and confidence interval estimates are developed, 99% of them would include the true population mean somewhere within their interval.
b. we have 99% confidence that we have selected a sample whose interval does include the population mean.
c. Both of the above.
d. None of the above.

17. An internal control policy for an online fashion accessories store requires a quality assurance check before a shipment is made. The tolerable exception rate for this internal control is 0.05. During an audit, 500 shipping records were sampled from a population of 5,000 shipping records and 12 were found that violated the control. What is the upper bound for a 95% one-sided confidence interval estimate for the rate of noncompliance?
a. 0.0060
b. 0.0067
c. 0.0353
d. 0.0374

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