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6. A coin is tossed 4 times. Let X denote the number of heads which appear in 4 tosses.
a) Construct a probability distribution for X
b) Find P(X>2)
c) Find the expected value of X
d) Find the variance and standard deviation of X

7. The probability that a randomly selected elementary or secondary school teacher from a city is female is 0.68, holds a second job is 0.38, and is female and holds a second job is 0.29. Find the probability that an elementary or secondary school teacher selected at random from this city is female or holds a second job.

8. Suppose the statistic final exam has 10 multiple choice questions, each with 4 choices. If a student randomly guesses the answers, what is the probability he will pass the final exam. (Assume the student passes with 60 or higher, and each question is worth 10)

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Here we solve some problems related to binomial distribution (probability for obtaining different cases, mean, SD) in coin toss and in multiple choice questions, and an example of combined probability.

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6. a.
Probability distribution,
P(X = r) = C(n,r) p^r q^(n-r)

p = 1/2 = 0.5, q = 1/2 = 0.5, n = 4

P(X=r) = C(4,r)*0.5^r * 0.5^(4-r) --Answer

P(X >=2) = 1 - P(X<2) =
= 1 - P(X=0) - P(X=1)
= 1 - C(4,0)*p^0 * q^4 - C(4,1)*p^1 * q^3
= 1 - 1*1*0.5^4 - 4*0.5^1*0.5^3 = 0.6875 ...

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