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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 results of the survey had a mean of 21 hours and a standard deviation of 6 hours. The number of hours that Pat, 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 Pat watched television last week?

First of all,I would suggest you to go through some documentation about means, medians, mode, standard deviations etc..It is good to know some theory as well..

Now, about the problem, Given, Mean = 21 ; S.D = 6

Now, any value which is 1 standard deviation above the mean is = mean + S.D = 21 + 6 = 27

any value which is 1 standard deviation below the mean is = mean - S.D = 21 - 6 = 15

any value which is 2 standard deviation above the mean is = mean + 2* S.D = 21 + 2*6 = 33

any value which is 2 standard deviation below the mean is = mean - 2* S.D = 21 - 2*6 = 9

question is asking for that value which is between 1 and 2 S.D below the mean..i.e. between 9 and 15

only 12 lies between 9 and 15.. hence, the answer is 12..

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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 results of the survey had a mean of 21 hours and a standard deviation of 6 hours. The number of hours that Pat, 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 Pat watched television last week? A. 30 B. 20 C. 18 D. 12 E. 6

Given: mean=21 and SD=6.

The number of hours that Pat watched television was between 1 and 2 standard deviations below the mean: 1 SD below the mean is mean-1*SD=15 and 2 SD below the mean is mean-2*SD=9, so the number of hours that Pat watched television was between 9 and 15 hours.

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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 results of the survey had a mean of 21 hours and a standard deviation of 6 hours. The number of hours that Pat, 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 Pat watched television last week?

A. 30 B. 20 C. 18 D. 12 E. 6

Mean =21 ; SD= 6 Mean -1 SD= 21-6=15 Mean-2SD - 21- 12 = 9

Range {From 1 SD to 2SD} = 9 to 15 What value lies between 9 to 12 that matches our options ===> 12 ANSWER IS D
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