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324 Stat Lecture Notes

(5) Some Continuous

Probability Distributions ( Book*: Chapter 6 ,pg171)

Probability& Statistics for Engineers & Scientists By Walpole, Myers, Myers, Ye

5.1 Normal Distribution:

• The probability density function of the normal random variable X, with mean µ and variance σ² is given by:

21 ( ) 2 2

1 ( , , ) ,

2

X

f x e x

5.1.1 The Normal Curve has the

Following Properties:

• The mode, which is the point on the horizontal axis where the curve is a maximum, occurs at X= µ , (Mode = Median = Mean).

• The curve is symmetric about a vertical axis through the mean µ .

• The total area under the curve and above the horizontal axis is equal to 1.

Definition: Standard Normal Distribution:

• The distribution of a normal random variable with mean zero and variance one is called a standard normal distribution denoted by Z≈N(0,1)

• Areas under the Normal Curve:

• Using the standard normal tables to find the areas under the curve.

( , )

(0,1)

X N

X Z N

The pdf of Z~N(0,1) is given by:

EX (1): Using the tables of the standard normal

distribution, find:

( ) ( 2.11)

( ) ( 1.33)

( ) ( 3)

( ) ( 1.2 2.1)

a P Z

b P Z

c P Z

d P Z

Solution:

( ) ( 2.11) 0.9826a P Z

( ) ( 1.33) 1 0.0918 0.9082b P Z

( ) ( 3) 0c P Z

( ) ( 1.2 2.1) 0.9821 0.1151 0.867d P Z

See Ex: 6.2, 6.3, pg 178-179

EX (6.2 pg 178): Using the standard normal tables, find the area

under the curve that lies:

A. to the right of Z=1.84

B. to the left of z=2.51

C. between z=-1.97 and z=0.86

A. at the point z= -2. 15

Solution:

A. to the right of Z=1.84

( 1.84) 1 0.9671 0.0329P Z

B. to the left of z=2.51

( 2.51) 0.9940P Z

C.between z=-1.97 and z=0.86

( 1.97 0.86) 0.8051 0.0244 0.7807P Z

D.at the point z= -2. 15

( 2.15) 0P Z

EX (6.4 pg 179): Given a normal distribution with µ=50 , σ=10 . Find

the probability that X assumes a value between 45 and 62.

Solution: 45 50 62 50

(45 62) ( ) ( 0.5 1.2) 10 10

0.8849 0.3085 0.5764

P X P Z P Z

EX(6.5 pg 180) : Given a normal distribution with µ=300 , σ=50, find the probability that X assumes a value greater than 362.

Solution:

1075.08925.01

)24.1() 50

300362 ()362(

ZPZPXP

Applications of the Normal Distribution:

EX (1): The reaction time of a driver to visual stimulus is normally distributed with a mean of 0.4 second and a standard deviation of 0.05 second. (a) What is the probability that a reaction requires more than 0.5 second?

(b) What is the probability that a reaction requires between 0.4 and 0.5 second?

(c ) Find mean and variance.

Solution:

(a) What is the probability that a reaction requires more than 0.5 second?

0.4, 0.05X X

0.5 0.4 ( ) ( 0.5) ( ) ( 2)

0.05

1 0.9772 0.0228

a P X P Z P Z

(b) What is the probability that a reaction requires between 0.4 and 0.5 second?

0.4 0.4 0.5 0.4 ( ) (0.4 0.5) ( )

0.05 0.05

(0 2) 0.9772 0.5 0.4772

b P X P Z

P Z

(c ) Find mean and variance.

2( ) 0.4, 0.0025c

EX (2): The line width of a tool used for

semiconductor manufacturing is assumed to

be normally distributed with a mean of 0.5

micrometer and a standard deviation of 0.05

micrometer.

(a) What is the probability that a line width is

greater than 0.62 micrometer?

(b) What is the probability that a line width is

between 0.47 and 0.63 micrometer?

Solution: (a) What is the probability that a line width is greater than 0.62 micrometer?

0.5, 0.05X X

0.62 0.5 ( ) ( 0.62) ( ) ( 2.4)

0.05

1 0.9918 0.0082

a P x P Z P Z

(b) What is the probability that a line width is between 0.47 and 0.63 micrometer?

0.47 0.5 0.63 0.5 ( ) (0.47 0.63) ( )

0.05 0.05

( 0.6 2.6) 0.9953 0.2743 0.721

b P X P Z

P Z

See Ex 6.7, 6.8 pg 182

Normal Approximation to the Binomial(Reading): Theorem:

If X is a binomial random variable with mean

µ=n p and variance σ²=n p q , then the limiting

form of the distribution of

is the standard normal distribution N(0,1) .

nas qpn

pnX Z

EX

The probability that a patient

recovers from rare blood disease is

0.4. If 100 people are known to have

contracted this disease, what is the

probability that less than 30 survive?

Solution: 100 , 0.4 , 0.6

(100)(0.4) 40 ,

(100)(0.4)(0.6) 4.899

30 40 ( 30) ( ) ( 2.04) 0.0207

4.899

n p q

np

npq

P X P Z P Z

EX (6.16, pg 192)

A multiple – choice quiz has 200

questions each with 4 possible answers

of which only 1 is the correct answer.

What is the probability that sheer guess

– work yields from 25 to 30 correct answers

for 80 of the 200 problems about which the

student has no knowledge?

Solution:

(80)(0.25) 20 ,

(80)(0.25)(0.75) 3.873

25 20 30 20 (25 30) ( ) (1.29 2.58) 0.9951 0.9015 0.0936

3.873 3.873

p np

npq

P X P Z P Z