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Practice Problems
Question 01
20 clouds were seeded with silver nitrate and the acre-feet of rain that resulted were recorded.
The 20 acre-feet values were
18.0 30.7 19.8 27.1 22.3 18.8 31.8 23.4 21.2 27.9
31.9 27.1 25.0 24.7 26.9 21.8 29.2 34.8 26.7 31.6
(a)
Using a P-value method can you support a claim that mean rainfall from seeded clouds exceeds
25 acre-feet ? α = 0.05
Do you use a Z test or t test and why ?
What is H0 in words and symbols ? What is H1 in words and symbols ?
Select DO NOT REJECT H0 or REJECT H0.
Write CONCLUSION in words.
(b)
Show how you can reach the same CONCLUSION using a Confidence Interval method
Question 01 Solution (a) and (b)

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Question 02
A melting point test of a n=10 sample of a binder used in making rocket propellant resulted in
mean Xbar=154.2 degF. Assume that the melting point is normally distributed with standard
deviation σ = 1.5 degF.
(a)
Test H0:mu=155 versus H1:mu<>155 using α=0.01
Do you use Z test or t test and why ?
(b)
If n=30 (and Xbar and σ do not change) does your conclusion in (a) change ?
If so, explain.
Question 02 Solution
(a) and (b) calculations

(b)
Changing from n=10 to n=30 changes Standard Error of Mean, Z value and P value enough to
change CONCLUSION
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Question 03
Tensile strength tests were performed on two different grades of aluminium spars used in aircraft
wings. From past experience the standard deviations σ1 σ2 of tensile strengths are known.
Data is as follows
Sample size 10 12
Sample Xbar 87.6 74.5
Known σ 1.00 1.50
If population means µ1 and µ2 denote the true mean tensile strengths of the two grades, find the
90% confidence interval for the difference in the mean strength µ1 - µ2.
Question 03 Solution

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Question 04
Simple Linear Regression
Given the following data on Hydrocarbon levels x% and Oxygen Purity Levels y%
(a) Do a scatter plot of the data
(b) find the linear relationship between the two variables.
(c) find the coefficient of determination r
2
. What does it tell you ?
(d) find the correlation coefficient r. Is it positive or negative ? Why ?
Observation Hydrocarbon x% Oxygen Purity y%
1 0.99 90.01
2 1.02 89.05
3 1.15 91.43
4 1.29 93.74
5 1.46 96.73
6 1.36 94.45
7 0.87 87.59
8 1.23 91.77
9 1.55 99.42
10 1.40 93.65
11 1.19 93.54
12 1.15 92.52
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Question 05
Simple Linear Regression
Given the following data on the fretting wear of mild steel y (10
-4
cubic millimetres) and oil
viscosity x
(a) Do a scatter plot of the data. Is simple linear regression plausible ?
(b) find the linear relationship between the two variables.
(c) find the coefficient of determination r squared. What does it tell you ?
(d) Predict the fretting wear y when viscosity x=30
(e) Obtain the fitted value of y when x=22.0 and calculate the residual
Observation Viscosity x Fretting Wear y
1 1.6 240
2 9.4 181
3 15.5 193
4 20.2 155
5 22.0 172
6 35.5 110
7 43.0 113
8 40.5 75
9 33.0 94

Question 05 Solution

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Question 06
Chi Square Goodness of Fit
A company operates four machines three shifts each day. Production records showing the
number of breakdowns are
Machine
Shift A B C D
1 41 20 12 16
2 31 11 9 14
3 15 17 16 10

Test the hypothesis that 1/3 of breakdowns occur on shift 1, 1/3 on shift 2 and 1/3 on shift 3

Question 06 Solution
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Question 07
Chi Square Independence of Variables
A study of four types of failures of an electronic component and the two mounting positions of the
component gave the number of failures in the table below.
Would you conclude the type of failure is independent of the mounting position ?
Use α=0.01. Find P value for the test.
Failure Type
Mounting Position A B C D
1 22 46 18 9
2 4 17 6 12

Question 07 Solution

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Question 8
There are three sources of power, Electricity (E), Gas (G) and Oil (O).
The probabilities of shortages in the coming winter are
P(E shortage) = P(E) = 0.15, P(G shortage) = P(G) = 0.1, P(O shortage) = P(O) = 0.2
Use an Event Tree to calculate the probabilities
(a) There will a shortage of all three energy sources
(b) There will be a shortage in at least one of the following : Gas, Electricity

Question 8 Solution
Event Tree with Probabilities

P(Elec)=0.15
1-P(Gas)=0.90
1-P(Oil)=0.80
1-P(Elec)=0.85
P(Oil)=0.20
1-P(Oil)=0.80
P(Elec)=0.15
1-P(Elec)=0.85
P(Elec)=0.15
1-P(Elec)=0.85
P(Elec)=0.15
1-P(Elec)=0.85
P(G & O & E)
0.1*0.2*0.15=0.003
P(G & O & not E)
0.1*0.2*0.85=0.017
P(G & not O & E)
0.1*0.8*0.15=0.012
P(G & not O & not E)
0.1*0.8*0.85=0.068
P(not G & O & E)
0.9*0.2*0.15=0.027
P(not G & O & not E)
0.9*0.2*0.85=0.153
P(not G & not O & E)
0.9*0.8*0.15=0.108
P(not G & not O & not E)
0.9*0.8*0.85=0.612
P(Oil)=0.20
P(Gas)=0.1
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Sum of Probabilities in RHS boxes
=0.003+0.017+0.012+0.068+0.027+0.153+0.108+0.612 = 1.000

(a) Probabilty(Gas shortage & Oil shortage and Electricity shortage) = 0.1*0.2*0.15 =
= 0.003

(b) Probability(Gas shortage OR Electricity shortage OR Both)
= 0.003+0.017+0.012+0.068+0.027+0.108 = 0.235

Question 9
A large industrial firm allows a discount on any invoice that is paid within 30 days. Of all
invoices, 10% receive the discount. In a company audit, 12 invoices are sampled at
random. What is the probability that fewer than 2 of the 12 sampled invoices receive the
discount?
Question 9 Solution
Modelled as binomial distribution
Probability that receive discount(p) = 0.1
Probability that fewer than 2 invoices receive discounts out of 12 samples = P (X≤ 1)

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t DISTRIBUTION

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Area α shown in 2 Tails. α / 2 in each tail

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One Tail t Values for α and Degrees of Freedom

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Two Tail t Values for α and Degrees of Freedom

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χ2 DISTRIBUTION
CRITICAL VALUES χ 2 for Upper Tail Area α
for given Degrees of Freedom df