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# A certain characteristic in a large population has a distribution that

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A certain characteristic in a large population has a distribution that is symmetric about the mean m. 68 percent of the distribution lies within one standard deviation d of the mean. If the shelf’s average life is 9.6 years and the standard deviation is 2.1 years, what percent of the distribution has more than 11.7 years as a shelf’s average life?

A. 10%
B. 12%
C. 14%
D. 16%
E. 18%

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30 Mar 2016, 11:26
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Average = 9.6
SD = 2.1

9.6 - 2.1 < 68% of distribution < 9.6 + 2.1
7.5 < 68% of distribution < 11.7

32% is outside this range.

Given: Distribution is symmetric. So 16% of distribution is less than 7.5 and the other 16% of distribution is greater than 11.7.

Answer: D

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A certain characteristic in a large population has a distribution that is symmetric about the mean m. 68 percent of the distribution lies within one standard deviation d of the mean. If the shelf’s average life is 9.6 years and the standard deviation is 2.1 years, what percent of the distribution has more than 11.7 years as a shelf’s average life?

A. 10%
B. 12%
C. 14%
D. 16%
E. 18%

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Like the above picture, what is bigger than 11.7 is 0.16=16%.
Thus, D is the answer.
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03 Apr 2016, 11:34
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A certain characteristic in a large population has a distribution that is symmetric about the mean m. 68 percent of the distribution lies within one standard deviation d of the mean. If the shelf’s average life is 9.6 years and the standard deviation is 2.1 years, what percent of the distribution has more than 11.7 years as a shelf’s average life?

A. 10%
B. 12%
C. 14%
D. 16%
E. 18%

* A solution will be posted in two days.

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