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The residents of Town X participated in a survey to [#permalink]  09 Sep 2007, 15:32
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The residents of Town X participated in a survey to determine the number of hours per week each resident spent watching television. The distribution of the result of the survey had a mean of 21 hours and a standard deviation of 6 hours. The number of hours that John, a resident of Town X, watched television last week was between 1 and 2 standard deviations below the mean. Which of the following could be the number of hours that John watched television last week?

1. 30
2. 20
3. 18
4. 12
5. 6

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Re: PS - Standard Deviation [#permalink]  09 Sep 2007, 20:45
b14kumar wrote:
The residents of Town X participated in a survey to determine the number of hours per week each resident spent watching television. The distribution of the result of the survey had a mean of 21 hours and a standard deviation of 6 hours. The number of hours that John, a resident of Town X, watched television last week was between 1 and 2 standard deviations below the mean. Which of the following could be the number of hours that John watched television last week?

1. 30
2. 20
3. 18
4. 12
5. 6

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21-6=15-6=9, So its btwn 15 and 9. Thus 12.

Ans D.
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[#permalink]  09 Sep 2007, 21:49
21 - 6*1=15
21 - 6*2=9

9<x<15

Ans: D:12
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[#permalink]  09 Sep 2007, 21:51
1 SD below mean = 21-6 = 15
2 SD below mean = 21-12 = 9

So range = 9-15 hours. Only Choice D fits.
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[#permalink]  10 Sep 2007, 05:18
Guys, can somebody please elaborate the concept/formula used here?

Thanks,
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[#permalink]  10 Sep 2007, 06:30
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You have applied a formulae here to calculate the SD.. Can you tell me what forumalae that is??
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[#permalink]  11 Sep 2007, 21:34
Do we need to use some formula for this question?
Somebody please explain....

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[#permalink]  11 Sep 2007, 22:08
b14kumar wrote:
Do we need to use some formula for this question?
Somebody please explain....

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Standard deviation curve is centered at the mean. Take a look at this plot and you will see what I mean...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Standard_deviation_diagram.svg
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[#permalink]  11 Sep 2007, 22:28
b14kumar wrote:
Do we need to use some formula for this question?
Somebody please explain....

- Brajesh

though there are formulas but the question clearly syas that "what is the value in between 1 and 2 sd"?
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[#permalink]  11 Sep 2007, 22:43
also got D for the answer. The question is asking for a possible hour. We know from the question that the possible range is 1-2 SD below the mean of 21 hrs.

So the possible range is:

1 SD below: 21-6 = 15
2 SD below: 21-12 = 9

So between 9-15 hours. The only answer within this range is 12 (D).
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[#permalink]  13 Sep 2007, 18:27
Thanks guys.

OA is D (12).

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