# [SOLVED]Normal curve area of shaded region

#### karush

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still having trouble figuring this out!

The graph shows a normal curve for the random variable $$\displaystyle X$$, with mean $$\displaystyle \mu$$ and standard deviation $$\displaystyle \sigma$$

It is known that $$\displaystyle P \left(X \geq12 \right) = 0.1$$.

(a) The shaded region $$\displaystyle A$$ is the region under the curve where $$\displaystyle x \geq 12$$. Write down the area of the shaded region $$\displaystyle A$$.

It is also known that $$\displaystyle P(X \leq 8) = 0.1$$.

(b) Find the value of $$\displaystyle \mu$$, explaining your method in full.

in that $$\displaystyle \mu$$ is in between 8 and 12 which would be $$\displaystyle \mu=10$$

(c) Show that $$\displaystyle \sigma = 1.56$$ to an accuracy of three significant figures.

(d) Find $$\displaystyle P(X \leq 11)$$.

#### HallsofIvy

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still having trouble figuring this out!

The graph shows a normal curve for the random variable $$\displaystyle X$$, with mean $$\displaystyle \mu$$ and standard deviation $$\displaystyle \sigma$$

It is known that $$\displaystyle P \left(X \geq12 \right) = 0.1$$.

(a) The shaded region $$\displaystyle A$$ is the region under the curve where $$\displaystyle x \geq 12$$. Write down the area of the shaded region $$\displaystyle A$$.
Seriously? You were just told that this area is 0.1!

It is also known that $$\displaystyle P(X \leq 8) = 0.1$$.

(b) Find the value of $$\displaystyle \mu$$, explaining your method in full.

in that $$\displaystyle \mu$$ is in between 8 and 12 which would be $$\displaystyle \mu=10$$.
Okay, Since the graph of the normal distribution is symmetric about mu, and you are told that the probabilities that x is less than 8 and larger than 12 are equal, mu is exactly half way between them

(c) Show that $$\displaystyle \sigma = 1.56$$ to an accuracy of three significant figures.
If a normal distribution has mean 10 and standard deviation $$\displaystyle \sigma$$, then $$\displaystyle \frac{x- \mu}{\sigma}$$ has standard normal distribution. Look up the "z" that has probability .1 in a table of the standard distribution (a good one online is at Standard Normal Distribution Table) then solve $$\displaystyle \frac{12- 0}{\sigma}= z$$

(d) Find $$\displaystyle P(X \leq 11)$$.
Knowing both $$\displaystyle \sigma$$ and $$\displaystyle \mu= 10$$ you can find the "standard" variable $$\displaystyle z= \frac{11- 10}{\sigma}$$ using the table of the normal distribution.

#### MarkFL

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still having trouble figuring this out!

The graph shows a normal curve for the random variable $$\displaystyle X$$, with mean $$\displaystyle \mu$$ and standard deviation $$\displaystyle \sigma$$

It is known that $$\displaystyle P \left(X \geq12 \right) = 0.1$$.

(a) The shaded region $$\displaystyle A$$ is the region under the curve where $$\displaystyle x \geq 12$$. Write down the area of the shaded region $$\displaystyle A$$.

It is also known that $$\displaystyle P(X \leq 8) = 0.1$$.

(b) Find the value of $$\displaystyle \mu$$, explaining your method in full.

in that $$\displaystyle \mu$$ is in between 8 and 12 which would be $$\displaystyle \mu=10$$

(c) Show that $$\displaystyle \sigma = 1.56$$ to an accuracy of three significant figures.

(d) Find $$\displaystyle P(X \leq 11)$$.
(a) You are given that:

$$\displaystyle P \left(X \geq12 \right) = 0.1$$

What relationship is there between this and the shaded region?

(b) Using the given:

$$\displaystyle P(X \leq 8) = 0.1$$

We may state:

$$\displaystyle 8<\mu<12$$

and by symmetry:

$$\displaystyle \mu-8=12-\mu$$

Note: we are simply stating mathematically that the mean is midway between $X=8$ and $X=12$.

(c) We know that:

$$\displaystyle z=\frac{\mu-x}{\sigma}$$

or:

$$\displaystyle \sigma=\frac{\mu-x}{z}$$

Once we know $\mu$, and we use $x=12$, what $z$-value should we use? What area is to the left of $x$ but to the right of $\mu$?

(d) Once we have $\sigma$, we may standardize $X=11$ (convert it to a $z$-score) and then use our table to determine $$\displaystyle P(X \leq 11)$$.

So, what do you find?

I see, before I post, that another has posted, but I figure we are saying the same thing in slightly different ways, and I am not giving anything further away.

#### karush

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(a) You are given that:

Once we know $\mu$, and we use $x=12$, what $z$-value should we use? What area is to the left of $x$ but to the right of $\mu$?
well from the table I found $0.5-0.1=0.4$ so $0.4$ on table is $\approx 0.3997$ or a $z$ value of $1.28$

so $\frac{|10-12|}{1.28}=1.56 = \sigma$
I assume the numerator has to be a abs value

(d) Once we have $\sigma$, we may standardize $X=11$ (convert it to a $z$-score) and then use our table to determine $P(X \leq 11)$.

So, what do you find?
so $\frac{10-11}{1.56} = z =.64$ from table is $.2389 = P(X \leq 11)$

however don't we include what is left of $\mu$ which would add $.5$ which would give us $\approx .7389$

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