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1) A manufacturer of paper used for packaging requires a minimum strength of 20 pounds per square inch. To check on the quality of the paper, a random sample of 10 pieces of paper is selected each hour from the previous hour's production and a strength measurement is recorded for each. The standard deviation σ of the strength measurements, computed by pooling the sum of squares of deviations of many samples, is know to equal 2 pounds per square inch, and the strength measurements are normally distributed.
a) What is the approximate sampling distribution of the sample mean of n = 10 test pieces of paper?
b) If the mean of the population of strength measurements is 21 pounds per square inch, what is the approximate probability that, for a random sample of n = 10 test pieces of paper, ¯x < 20?
c) What value would you select for the mean paper strength μ in order that P (¯x < 20) be equal to .001?
2) Suppose a random sample of n = 25 observations is selected from a population that is normally distributed, with mean equal to 106 and standard deviation equal to 12?
a) Give the mean and standard deviation of the sampling distribution of the sample mean ¯x.
b) Find the probability that ¯x exceeds 110
c) Find the probability that the sample mean deviates from the population mean μ = 106 by no more than 4.
This solution shows step-by-step calculations to determine sampling distribution, probabilities of test paper mean, mean paper strength, mean, standard deviation and probabilities of normally distributed population. All workings are shown with brief explanations.