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    10.30 In Dallas, some fire trucks were painted yellow (instead of red) to heighten their visibility. During
    a test period, the fleet of red fire trucks made 153,348 runs and had 20 accidents, while the fleet of
    yellow fire trucks made 135,035 runs and had 4 accidents. At α = .01, did the yellow fire trucks
    have a significantly lower accident rate? (a) State the hypotheses. (b) State the decision rule and
    sketch it. (c) Find the sample proportions and z test statistic. (d) Make a decision. (e) Find the
    p-value and interpret it. (f ) If statistically significant, do you think the difference is large enough to
    be important? If so, to whom, and why? (g) Is the normality assumption fulfilled? Explain.
    Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 26, 1995, p. B1.

    Accident Rate for Dallas Fire Trucks
    Statistic Red Fire Trucks Yellow Fire Trucks
    Number of accidents x1= 20 accidents x2= 4 accidents
    Number of fire runs n1= 153,348 runs n= 135,035 runs

    10.44 Does lovastatin (a cholesterol-lowering drug) reduce the risk of heart attack? In a Texas study,
    researchers gave lovastatin to 2,325 people and an inactive substitute to 2,081 people (average age
    58). After 5 years, 57 of the lovastatin group had suffered a heart attack, compared with 97 for the
    inactive pill. (a) State the appropriate hypotheses. (b) Obtain a test statistic and p-value. Interpret
    the results at α = .01. (c) Is normality assured? (d) Is the difference large enough to be important?
    (e) What else would medical researchers need to know before prescribing this drug widely? (Data
    are from Science News 153 [May 30, 1998], p. 343.)

    10.46 To test the hypothesis that students who finish an exam first get better grades, Professor Hardtack
    kept track of the order in which papers were handed in. The first 25 papers showed a mean score of
    77.1 with a standard deviation of 19.6, while the last 24 papers handed in showed a mean score of
    69.3 with a standard deviation of 24.9. Is this a significant difference at α = .05? (a) State the
    hypotheses for a right-tailed test. (b) Obtain a test statistic and p-value assuming equal variances.
    Interpret these results. (c) Is the difference in mean scores large enough to be important? (d) Is it reasonable
    to assume equal variances? (e) Carry out a formal test for equal variances at α = .05, showing
    all steps clearly.

    10.56 A sample of 25 concession stand purchases at the October 22 matinee of Bride of Chucky showed
    a mean purchase of $5.29 with a standard deviation of $3.02. For the October 26 evening showing
    of the same movie, for a sample of 25 purchases the mean was $5.12 with a standard deviation of
    $2.14. The means appear to be very close, but not the variances. At α = .05, is there a difference
    in variances? Show all steps clearly, including an illustration of the decision rule. (Data are from
    a project by statistics students Kim Dyer, Amy Pease, and Lyndsey Smith.)

    11.24 In a bumper test, three types of autos were deliberately crashed into a barrier at 5 mph, and the
    resulting damage (in dollars) was estimated. Five test vehicles of each type were crashed, with
    the results shown below. Research question: Are the mean crash damages the same for these three
    vehicles?
    Crash Damage ($)
    Goliath Varmint Weasel
    1,600 1,290 1,090
    760 1,400 2,100
    880 1,390 1,830
    1,950 1,850 1,250
    1,220 950 1,920

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    The solution provides step-by-step method of performing hypothesis tests including t-test, z-test and ANOVA analysis. All the steps of hypothesis testing (formulation of null and alternate hypotheses, selection of significance level, choosing the appropriate test-statistic, decision rule, calculation of test-statistic and conclusion) have been explained and the statistical analysis has been shown in details. The calculations have also been shown in EXCEL for better understanding.

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