List Practice Problems:
Week of January 4 In text : 1.15, 1.25, 1.55, 1.61 and
What is the mean batting average for these starters?
What is the standard deviation for the batting averages of the starters?
An astute observer questions the inclusion of the pitcher (who has the .
190 average) in the calculation because pitchers are not paid to hit. If the
pitcher is omitted, what is the batting average of the eight other starters
and what is the standard deviation for them?
Do you think that the batting average for the eight starters would be a
good estimate for the population mean of all major league ballplayers? Would
you expect the population mean to be larger or smaller? Why?
Do you think that the standard deviation of the eight batting averages
for the starters (excluding the pitcher) is a good estimate for the population
standard deviation? Would you expect the population standard deviation to be
larger or smaller? Why?
Students are surveyed as to their number of close friends (individuals to
whom they would not be afraid to confide a deep secret). The frequency
distribution of replies is given below.
How many students were surveyed?
Compute the relative frequencies and construct a histogram.
What percentage of the students had 2 or fewer close friends?
Find the median, mean and standard deviation.
Columnist Ann Landers was asked whether having children was worth the
problems involved. She asked her readers "If you had it to do over again,
would you have children?" A few weeks later her column was headlined
"Seventy Percent of Parents Say Kids Not Worth It", because 70% of the
parents who wrote said they would not have children if they could make the
choice again. Is this a valid conclusion? Comment.
Week of January 11 In text: 1.69, 1.71, 1.77, 1.79, 1.81, 1.87, 1.91,
In 1975 Governor Brown of California proposed that all state employ
given a flat raise of $70 per month. What would this do to the mean monthly
salary of state employees? to the standard deviation?
What would a 5% increase in the salaries, across the board, do to the
average monthly salary? to the standard deviation?
100 dumpsites were tested for the presence of six toxic pollutants.
The results are given below:
Number of pollutants found:
Number of dumpsites
What was the mean number of pollutants found per dumpsite.
If a dumpsite is chosen at random from the 100 sites, what is the
probability that it has more than 3 pollutants? fewer than 2 pollutants?
Construct a boxplot for these data. Are the data symmetric?
Compare the mean and median for the dumpsite data. Are the results of
this comparison supported by your conclusions in (c)?
Compute the standard deviation. What proportion of the observations fall
in the I interval ±
Week of January 18 In text: 2.3, 2.5, 2.15, 2.21, 2.23, 2.33, 2.39,
2.43, 2.47, 2.51, 2.59
Week of January 25 In text: 2.87, 2.89, 2.91, 2.93, 2.95
Week of February 1 In text: 3.11, 3.21, 3.47, 3.53
Week of February 8 In text: 4.13, 4.15, 4.39, 4.41, 4.43, 4.51, 4.55,
4.79, 4.85, 4.87, 4.89, 4.91
Week of February 15 In text: 4.61, 4.65, 4.69, 5.3 and review
problems from old midterms
Week of March 1 In text: 5.5, 5.9, 5.13, 5.19, 5.21, 5.29, 5.33,
Week of March 8 In text: 5.67, 6.1, 6.3, 6.7, 6.9, 6.10, 6.11
Week of March 15 In text: 6.23, 6.27, 6.29, 6.33, 6.35, 6.37, 6.45,
Week of March 22 In text: 7.1, 7.4, 7.19, 7.20 7.21, 7.31
An optometrist claimed that the mean waiting time for her patients was at
most 10 minutes. A sample of 16 patients showed an average waiting time of 12
minutes with a standard deviation of 4.4 minutes.
Test the optometrist's claim. State null and alternative hypotheses, value
of the test statistic, p-value and conclusion.
For what values of a
would the null hypothesis be rejected?
For what values of a
would we fail to reject the claim?
Calculate a 90% confidence interval for the mean waiting time.
Week of March 29 In text: 7.61, 7.63, 8.1, 8.5, 8.11, 8.12, 8.23
In an investigation of the possible influence of dietary chromium on
diabetic symptoms, 14 randomly selected rats were fed a low-chromium diet and
10 were fed a normal diet. One response was the activity of the liver enzyme
GITH, which was measured using a radioactively labelled molecule. The
accompanying table shows the results, expressed as thousands of counts per
minute per gram of liver.
Are these observational data or do the data come from a designed
Plot the data and comment on whether there appears to be any difference
in GITH activity between the diets. Comment on the symmetry of the data,
whether there are any outliers, and whether the variances appear to be similar.
Is there evidence that mean GITH activity is different for the two
diets? (State null and alternative hypotheses and base your conclusion on the
Calculate the 95% confidence interval for the mean difference in GITH
Suppose that the investigators believe that the effect of the low
chromium diet is "important" if the population mean difference is more than
8 thousand counts per minute per gram of liver. Do the data support the
conclusion that the difference is "important"?
Week of April 5 In text: 8.29, 9.21, 9.9 parts a) to e) and 9.9 part f)
Calculate the 90% confidence interval for the difference in the
proportions of CHD survivors who are pet owners and those who are non pet
Review problems from old exams - available in the Math/Stats Learning
January 14, 1999