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# The mean and the standard deviation of the 8 numbers shown

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9.4 , 9.9 , 9.9 , 9.9 , 10.0 , 10.2 , 10.2 , 10.5
The mean and the standard deviation of the 8 numbers shown above is 10 and 0.3 respectively. What percent of the 8 numbers are within 1 standard deviation of the mean?

A. 90%
B. 85%
C. 80%
D. 75%
E. 70%
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9.4 , 9.9 , 9.9 , 9.9 , 10.0 , 10.2 , 10.2 , 10.5
The mean and the standard deviation of the 8 numbers shown above is 10 and 0.3 respectively. What percent of the 8 numbers are within 1 standard deviation of the mean?

A. 90%
B. 85%
C. 80%
D. 75%
E. 70%

"Within 1 standard deviation of the mean" - means in the range {mean-1*sd; mean+1*sd} = {10-*0.3; 10+0.3} = {9.7; 10.3}.

From the 8 listed numbers, 6 are within this range so 6/8=75%.

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The phrase ' Within one standard deviation ' actually means the values which lie in the (10 - 0.3) and (10 + 0.3)
So we have see which values lie between 9.7 and 10.3
clearly 6 values from the given list lie within one standard deviation
percent of values which lie within one SD = $$\frac{6}{8}$$ * 100 = 75%
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23 Jul 2016, 05:17
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9.4 , 9.9 , 9.9 , 9.9 , 10.0 , 10.2 , 10.2 , 10.5
The mean and the standard deviation of the 8 numbers shown above is 10 and 0.3 respectively. What percent of the 8 numbers are within 1 standard deviation of the mean?

A. 90%
B. 85%
C. 80%
D. 75%
E. 70%

Mean = 10; SD=0.3
Range of values below 1 SD = Mean - 1 SD
Range = 10-0.3 to 10+0.3 = 10.30 to 9.70

9.4 , 9.9 , 9.9 , 9.9 , 10.0 , 10.2 , 10.2 , 10.5

Outside the range = 9.4 and 10.5 ; total 2/8
Inside the range 9.9 , 9.9 , 9.9 , 10.0 , 10.2 , 10.2 ; total 6/8

6/8 = 0.75 or 75%
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