Statistics in a Modern World 800
Homework 7 NAME:_________________________________
Homework 7 Exercises Assigned from Chapters 1921 (34 pts.) due Fri. Nov. 13 in Lecture.
CHAPTER 19
#2 (3 pts.) Suppose the proportion of students who are lefthanded is .12, and you take a random sample of 200 students. Use the Rule for Sample Proportions to draw a picture similar to Figure 19.3 p.360, showing the possible sample proportions for this situation.
#5 (3 pts.) Suppose you are interested in estimating the average number of miles per gallon of gasoline your car can get. You calculate the miles per gallon for each of the next 9 times you fill the tank. Suppose, in truth, the values for your car are bellshaped, with a mean of 25 miles per gallon and a standard deviation of 1. Draw a picture similar to Figure 19.3 of the possible sample means you are likely to get based on your sample of 9 observations. (Include the intervals into which 68%, 95%, and almost all of the potential sample means will fall.)
#6. (3 pts.) Refer to Exercise 5. Redraw the picture under the assumption that you will collect 100 measurements instead of only 9.
#14 (2 pts.) Tell whether each of the following situations meets the conditions (p.358) for which the Rule for Sample Proportions applies. If not, tell which condition is violated.
 You are interested in knowing what proportion of days in typical years have rain or snow in the area where you live. For the months of January and February, you record whether there is rain or snow each day, and then you calculate the proportion.
(i) meets conditions (ii) violates condition #1 (iii) violates #2 (iv) violates #3
 A large company wants to determine what proportion of its employees are interested in onsite day care. The company asks a random sample of 100 employees and calculates the sample proportion who are interested.
(i) meets conditions (ii) violates condition #1 (iii) violates #2 (iv) violates #3
#15 (3 pts.) Tell whether each of the following situations meets the conditions (p.362) for which the Rule for Sample Means applies.
 A researcher is interested in what the average cholesterol level would be if people restricted their fat intake to 30% of calories. He gets a group of patients who have had heart attacks to volunteer to participate, puts them on a restricted diet for a few months, and then measures their cholesterol. (i) applies (ii) does not apply
 A university wants to know the average income of its alumni. Staff members select a random sample of 200 alumni and mail them a questionnaire. They follow up with a phone call to those who do not respond within 30 days. (i) applies (ii) does not apply
 An automobile manufacturer wants to know the average price for which used cars of a particular model and year are selling in a certain state. They are able to obtain a list of buyers from the state motor vehicle division, from which they select a random sample of 20 buyers. They make every effort to find out what those people paid for the cars and are successful in doing so. (i) applies (ii) does not apply
CHAPTER 20
#1 (4 pts.) An advertisement for SeldaneD, a drug prescribed for seasonal allergic rhinitis, reported results of a doubleblind study in which 374 patients took SeldaneD and 193 took a placebo (Time, 27 March 1995, p.18). Headaches were reported as a side effect by 65 of those taking SeldaneD.
 What is the sample proportion of SeldaneD users who reported headaches?
 What is the standard deviation (standard error) for the proportion computed in part (a)?
 Construct a 95% confidence interval for the population proportion based on the information from parts (a) and (b).
 Circle the best interpretation of your confidence interval:
(i) 95% of the time, in the long run, such a confidence interval will contain true population proportion
(ii) 95% of sample proportions fall in this interval
(iii) the probability is 95% that true population proportion will fall in this interval
(iv) the probability is 95% that sample proportion will fall in this interval
#5. (4 pts.) What level of confidence would accompany each of the following intervals?
 Sample proportion plus or minus 1.0(SD)
 Sample proportion plus or minus 1.645(SD)
 Sample proportion plus or minus 1.96(SD)
 Sample proportion plus or minus 2.576 (SD)
#6 (3 pts.) Tell whether the width of a confidence interval would increase, decrease, or remain the same as a result of each of the following changes:
 Sample size is doubled, from 400 to 800. (i) increase (ii) decrease (iii) same
 Population size doubled from 25 million to 50 million (i)increase (ii)decrease (iii)same
 Level of confidence is lowered from 95% to 90% (i) increase (ii) decrease (iii) same
#11 (4 pts.) A university is contemplating switching from the quarter system to the semester system. The administration conducts a survey of a random sample of 400 students and finds that 240 of them prefer to remain on the quarter system.
 Construct a 95% confidence interval for the true proportion of all students who would prefer to remain on the quarter system.
 Does the interval you computed in part (a) provide convincing evidence that the majority of students prefer to remain on the quarter system? Answer yes or no.
 Now suppose that only 50 students had been surveyed that that 30 said they preferred the quarter system. Compute a 95% confidence interval for the true proportion who prefer to remain on the quarter system.
 Does the interval you computed in part (c) provide convincing evidence that the majority of students prefer to remain on the quarter system? Answer yes or no.
CHAPTER 21
#1 (1 pt.) In Chapter 20, we saw that to construct a confidence interval for a population proportion it was enough to know the sample proportion and the sample size. In constructing a confidence interval for population mean, what else is needed besides sample mean and sample size?
#3 (2 pts.) The Baltimore Sun (Haney, 21 February 1995) reported on a study by Dr. Sara Harkness, in which she compared the sleep patterns of 6monthold infants in the U.S. and the Netherlands. She found that the 36 U.S. infants slept an average of just under 13 hours a day, whereas the 66 Dutch infants slept an average of almost 15 hours.
 Suppose the standard deviation was 0.5 hour for each group. Compute the standard error of the mean (SEM) for the U.S. babies.
 Continuing to assume that the standard deviation is 0.5 hour, compute a 95% confidence interval for the mean sleep time for 6monthold babies in the U.S.
#4 (1 pt.) What is the probability that a 95% confidence interval will not cover the true population value?
#10 (1 pt.) In Case Study 6.4 p.116, which examined maternal smoking
and child's IQ, one of the results reported in the journal article
was the average number of days the infant spent in the neonatal
intensive care unit. The results showed an average of 0.35 day for
infants of nonsmokers and an average of 0.58 day for the infants of
women who smoked ten or more cigarettes per day. In other words, the
infants of smokers spent an average of 0.23 day more in neonatal
intensive care. A 95% confidence interval for the difference in the two
means extended from 3.02 days to +2.57 days. To explain why it
would have been misleading to report, "These results show that the
infants of smokers spend more time in neonatal intensive care than do
the infants of nonsmokers" complete the following sentence: Such a
report would be misleading because the confidence interval
contains "___"; (fill in the blank with a single word or number)
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