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    Recently the national average yield on municipal bonds has been μ = 4.19%. A random sample of 16 Arizona municipal bonds gave an average yield of 5.11% with a sample standard deviation s = 1.15%. Does this indicate that the population mean yield for all Arizona municipal bonds is greater than the national average? Use α = 0.05. Assume x is normally distributed.

    a) State the null and the alternate hypothesis.
    b) Identify the sampling distribution to be used: the standard normal distribution or the Student's t distribution. Find the critical value(s).
    c) Compute the z or t value of the sample test statistic.
    d) Find the P value or an interval containing the P value for the sample test statistic.
    e) Based on your answers to a through d, decide whether or not to reject the null hypothesis at the given significance level. Explain your conclusion in the context of the problem

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