Lesson 15

Questioning Experimenting

Let's ask the right questions to analyze data from an experiment.

Problem 1

Clare analyzes oil prices in her economics class. She finds that the mean oil price between 1988 and 2002 is $27 per barrel with a standard deviation of $5.50 per barrel. Select the z-score for a price of $38 per barrel.









Problem 2

Priya is investigating the population density of deer in several different forests. The mean population density is 36.4 deer per square mile with a standard deviation of 4.6 deer per square mile. Use the z-score for 43.3 deer per square mile and the table to find the area under the normal curve that is less than 43.3 deer per square mile.

Problem 3

Find the area under the curve that is less than a significant value for each z-score listed here.

  1. 3.2
  2. 2
  3. 0.5
  4. -1
  5. -2.6

Problem 4

Noah is working on a science experiment. He wants to determine how the temperature in a pool affects the chlorine level. Noah visits 16 pools and adjusts the chlorine levels so that they are all at 2.5 parts per million. After two days, he collects 8 samples from pools that are 78 degrees and 8 samples from pools that are 84 degrees. He measures the chlorine level in each sample. He finds that the difference in mean chlorine levels for the groups is 0.6 parts per million.

Noah writes a computer program to recombine all the data into all 12,870 possible different groupings and finds that 2,612 of the different groupings have a difference in means of at least 0.6 part per million. Is there enough evidence for Noah to conclude that the difference in means is due to the pool temperature? Explain or show your reasoning.

(From Unit 7, Lesson 14.)

Problem 5

The daily step count of 25 random samples of 40 people each are measured. The mean for each sample is included in the dot plot.

dot plot from 6000 to 11000, by 500's. daily step count. beginning at 6000 number of dots above each interval is 1, 2, 3, 5, 3, 3, 2, 1, 2, 2, 1.

Use the values to estimate the mean step count for the population. What is the margin of error for this estimate based on these values? (Round to the nearest step.)

(From Unit 7, Lesson 12.)

Problem 6

A spinner is divided into 4 equal sections labeled A, B, C, and D.

  1. Based on probability, how many times would you expect the spinner to land on C after spinning 60 times? Explain your reasoning.
  2. After spinning the spinner 60 times, the frequency of the outcomes is: A 13 times, B 16 times, C 17 times, D 14 times. Is the number of times the spinner landed on C reasonable based on your expectations? Explain your reasoning.
  3. The spinner is spun 2,000 times. Give an example of a number of spins that result in C that would be possible, but unusual. Explain your reasoning.
(From Unit 7, Lesson 8.)