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A vending machine is designed to dispense 8 ounces of coffee into a cup. After a test that recorded the number of ounces of coffee in each of 1000 cups dispensed by the vending machine, the 12 listed amounts, in ounces, were selected from the data above. If the 1000 recorded amounts have a mean of 8.1 ounces and a standard deviation of 0.3 ounces, how many of the 12 listed amounts are within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?

A vending machine is designed to dispense 8 ounces of coffee into a cup. After a test that recorded the number of ounces of coffee in each of 1000 cups dispensed by the vending machine, the 12 listed amounts, in ounces, were selected from the data above. If the 1000 recorded amounts have a mean of 8.1 ounces and a standard deviation of 0.3 ounces, how many of the 12 listed amounts are within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?

hi Bunuel, I have not get clear why you take: 1.5*0.3 did i miss something? Please explain for me

We are given that SD=0.3 and mean=8.1. Question: how many of the 12 listed amounts are within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?

1.5 standard deviation equals to 1.5*SD=1.5*0.3=0.45, so "within 1.5 standard deviation of them mean" - means in the range {8.1-0.45; 8.1+0.45} = {7.65; 8.55}.

hi Bunuel, I have not get clear why you take: 1.5*0.3 did i miss something? Please explain for me

We are given that SD=0.3 and mean=8.1. Question: how many of the 12 listed amounts are within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?

1.5 standard deviation equals to 1.5*SD=1.5*0.3=0.45, so "within 1.5 standard deviation of them mean" - means in the range {8.1-0.45; 8.1+0.45} = {7.65; 8.55}.

Hope it's clear.

Does the range include specifically numbers 7.65 and 8.55?

hi Bunuel, I have not get clear why you take: 1.5*0.3 did i miss something? Please explain for me

We are given that SD=0.3 and mean=8.1. Question: how many of the 12 listed amounts are within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?

1.5 standard deviation equals to 1.5*SD=1.5*0.3=0.45, so "within 1.5 standard deviation of them mean" - means in the range {8.1-0.45; 8.1+0.45} = {7.65; 8.55}.

Hope it's clear.

Does the range include specifically numbers 7.65 and 8.55?

Luckily we don't need to worry about it for this question, though I'd say yes, the range has to be inclusive.
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hi Bunuel, I have not get clear why you take: 1.5*0.3 did i miss something? Please explain for me

We are given that SD=0.3 and mean=8.1. Question: how many of the 12 listed amounts are within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?

1.5 standard deviation equals to 1.5*SD=1.5*0.3=0.45, so "within 1.5 standard deviation of them mean" - means in the range {8.1-0.45; 8.1+0.45} = {7.65; 8.55}.

Hope it's clear.

Hello Bunuel, Would you please clear one doubt. The question states that "how many of the 12 listed amounts are within1.5 standard deviation of the mean? In this case, do we need to consider boundary values as well such as (7.65) and (8.55). I mean, If the question had 7.65 value, then would we have considered 7.65 value ? i.e 7.65<= std deviation <= 8.55 is the range Another doubt: If the question had asked Question: how many of the 12 listed amounts are between 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?, and the answer choice had 7.65 as the value

Then, do we need to consider 7.65 value while answering ? I believe, not and 7.65< std deviation < 8.55 will be the range Please provide your comments.
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hi Bunuel, I have not get clear why you take: 1.5*0.3 did i miss something? Please explain for me

We are given that SD=0.3 and mean=8.1. Question: how many of the 12 listed amounts are within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?

1.5 standard deviation equals to 1.5*SD=1.5*0.3=0.45, so "within 1.5 standard deviation of them mean" - means in the range {8.1-0.45; 8.1+0.45} = {7.65; 8.55}.

Hope it's clear.

Hello Bunuel, Would you please clear one doubt. The question states that "how many of the 12 listed amounts are within1.5 standard deviation of the mean? In this case, do we need to consider boundary values as well such as (7.65) and (8.55). I mean, If the question had 7.65 value, then would we have considered 7.65 value ? i.e 7.65<= std deviation <= 8.55 is the range Another doubt: If the question had asked Question: how many of the 12 listed amounts are between 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?, and the answer choice had 7.65 as the value

Then, do we need to consider 7.65 value while answering ? I believe, not and 7.65< std deviation < 8.55 will be the range Please provide your comments.

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18 Dec 2015, 05:09

I understand that this is an old post. But all the explanations above dont make sense to me. none really makes sense to me. The standard deviation question is one i havent got a good grip of. i solicit the help of experts like @veritasprep or if I'm lucky, GMATPrepNow

A vending machine is designed to dispense 8 ounces of coffee into a cup. After a test that recorded the number of ounces of coffee in each of 1000 cups dispensed by the vending machine, the 12 listed amounts, in ounces, were selected from the data above. If the 1000 recorded amounts have a mean of 8.1 ounces and a standard deviation of 0.3 ounces, how many of the 12 listed amounts are within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?

A. Four B. Six C. Nine D. Ten E. Eleven

Mean = 8.1 Standard Deviation = 0.3

within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean

i.e. 1.5 standard deviation ABOVE the mean = 8.1+1.5*0.3 = 8.55 and 1.5 standard deviation BELOW the mean = 8.1-1.5*0.3 = 7.65

Except first value 7.51, all other values are within the range hence, 11 values fall within 1.5 SD from Mean

Answer: Option E
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A vending machine is designed to dispense 8 ounces of coffee into a cup. After a test that recorded the number of ounces of coffee in each of 1000 cups dispensed by the vending machine, the 12 listed amounts, in ounces, were selected from the data above. If the 1000 recorded amounts have a mean of 8.1 ounces and a standard deviation of 0.3 ounces, how many of the 12 listed amounts are within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?

A. Four B. Six C. Nine D. Ten E. Eleven

Mean = 8.1 Standard Deviation = 0.3

within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean

i.e. 1.5 standard deviation ABOVE the mean = 8.1+1.5*0.3 = 8.55 and 1.5 standard deviation BELOW the mean = 8.1-1.5*0.3 = 7.65

Except first value 7.51, all other values are within the range hence, 11 values fall within 1.5 SD from Mean

Answer: Option E

Thanks GMATinsight but why did you have multiply 1.5 with 0.3?

A vending machine is designed to dispense 8 ounces of coffee into a cup. After a test that recorded the number of ounces of coffee in each of 1000 cups dispensed by the vending machine, the 12 listed amounts, in ounces, were selected from the data above. If the 1000 recorded amounts have a mean of 8.1 ounces and a standard deviation of 0.3 ounces, how many of the 12 listed amounts are within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?

A. Four B. Six C. Nine D. Ten E. Eleven

Mean = 8.1 Standard Deviation = 0.3

within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean

i.e. 1.5 standard deviation ABOVE the mean = 8.1+1.5*0.3 = 8.55 and 1.5 standard deviation BELOW the mean = 8.1-1.5*0.3 = 7.65

Except first value 7.51, all other values are within the range hence, 11 values fall within 1.5 SD from Mean

Answer: Option E

Thanks GMATinsight but why did you have multiply 1.5 with 0.3?

1.5 standard deviation means 1.5*Standard Deviation

i.e. 1.5 standard deviation ABOVE the mean = 8.1+1.5*0.3 = 8.55 and 1.5 standard deviation BELOW the mean = 8.1-1.5*0.3 = 7.65

I hope this helps!
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23 Mar 2016, 08:52

Nice Question.. Here the questions want to know the number of values in the range mean + 1.5* S.D and mean -1.5*S.D hence in the range (7.65 , 8.55) Thus 11 values => E
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A vending machine is designed to dispense 8 ounces of coffee into a cup. After a test that recorded the number of ounces of coffee in each of 1000 cups dispensed by the vending machine, the 12 listed amounts, in ounces, were selected from the data above. If the 1000 recorded amounts have a mean of 8.1 ounces and a standard deviation of 0.3 ounces, how many of the 12 listed amounts are within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?

range of data 1.5 SD away from mean =from mean -1.5 SD to mean+1.5 SD

range of data 1.5 SD away from mean =from 8.1-0.45 to 8.1+0.45 = from 7.55 to 8.55

Out of the 12 data point given in the question the 11 data points data point falls in the range of 7.55 to 8.55 and 1 data point falls out of the range

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06 May 2017, 13:21

Why using 8.1 as the mean? How come the GMAT gives some useless information as "A vending machine is designed to dispense 8 ounces of coffee into a cup?" ;(

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27 Jun 2017, 16:36

I would still like an explanation on the relationship between the .3 and the 1.5 since they are both SD. I would not have multiplied them, am I missing a law?

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06 Jul 2017, 21:30

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1.5 standard deviation ABOVE the mean = 8.1+1.5*0.3 = 8.55 and 1.5 standard deviation BELOW the mean = 8.1-1.5*0.3 = 7.65 8-7=1 and .55-.65=10 so 10+1=11

A vending machine is designed to dispense 8 ounces of coffee into a cup. After a test that recorded the number of ounces of coffee in each of 1000 cups dispensed by the vending machine, the 12 listed amounts, in ounces, were selected from the data above. If the 1000 recorded amounts have a mean of 8.1 ounces and a standard deviation of 0.3 ounces, how many of the 12 listed amounts are within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?

A vending machine is designed to dispense 8 ounces of coffee into a cup. After a test that recorded the number of ounces of coffee in each of 1000 cups dispensed by the vending machine, the 12 listed amounts, in ounces, were selected from the data above. If the 1000 recorded amounts have a mean of 8.1 ounces and a standard deviation of 0.3 ounces, how many of the 12 listed amounts are within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?

We are given that SD=0.3 and mean=8.1. Question: how many of the 12 listed amounts are within 1.5 standard deviation of the mean?

1.5 standard deviation equals to 1.5*SD=1.5*0.3=0.45, so "within 1.5 standard deviation of them mean" - means in the range {8.1-0.45; 8.1+0.45} = {7.65; 8.55}.