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1 290 Chapter 6 The Normal Distribution Figure 6 5 Areas Under a Normal Distribution Curve 34.13% 34.13% 2.28% 13.59% 13.59% 2.28% About 68% About 95% About 99.7% 6 3 The Distribution Since each normally distributed variable has its own mean and standard deviation, as stated earlier, the shape and location of these curves will vary. In practical applications, then, one would have to have a table of areas under the curve for each variable. To simplify this situation, statisticians use what is called the standard normal distribution. Objective 3 Find the area under the standard normal distribution, given various z values. The standard normal distribution is a normal distribution with a mean of 0 and a standard deviation of 1. The standard normal distribution is shown in Figure 6 6. The values under the curve indicate the proportion of area in each section. For example, the area between the mean and 1 standard deviation above or below the mean is about , or 34.13%. The formula for the standard normal distribution is y e z 2 2 2p All normally distributed variables can be transformed into the standard normally distributed variable by using the formula for the standard score: z value mean standard deviation or z X m s This is the same formula used in Section 3 4. The use of this formula will be explained in Section 6 4. As stated earlier, the area under a normal distribution curve is used to solve practical application problems, such as finding the percentage of adult women whose height is between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 7 inches, or finding the probability that a new battery will last longer than 4 years. Hence, the major emphasis of this section will be to show the procedure for finding the area under the standard normal distribution curve for any z value. The applications will be shown in Section 6 4. Once the X values are transformed by using the preceding formula, they are called z values. The z value is actually the number of standard deviations that a particular X value is away from the mean. Table E in Appendix C gives the area (to four decimal places) under the standard normal curve for any z value from 0 to

2 Section 6 3 The Distribution 291 Figure 6 6 Distribution 34.13% 34.13% 2.28% 13.59% 13.59% 2.28% Interesting Fact Bell-shaped distributions occurred quite often in early coin-tossing and die-rolling experiments. Finding Areas Under the Distribution Curve For the solution of problems using the standard normal distribution, a four-step procedure is recommended with the use of the Procedure Table shown. Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Draw a picture. Shade the area desired. Find the correct figure in the following Procedure Table (the figure that is similar to the one you ve drawn). Step 4 Follow the directions given in the appropriate block of the Procedure Table to get the desired area. There are seven basic types of problems and all seven are summarized in the Procedure Table. Note that this table is presented as an aid in understanding how to use the standard normal distribution table and in visualizing the problems. After learning the procedures, one should not find it necessary to refer to the procedure table for every problem. Procedure Table Finding the Distribution Curve 1. Between 0 and any z value: Look up the z value in the table to get the area. 2. In any tail: a. Look up the z value to get the area. b. Subtract the area from z z 0 0 +z z 0 3. Between two z values on the same side of the mean: a. Look up both z values to get the areas. b. Subtract the smaller area from the larger area. 4. Between two z values on opposite sides of the mean: a. Look up both z values to get the areas. b. Add the areas. 0 z 1 z 2 z 1 z 2 0 z 0 +z 6 7

3 292 Chapter 6 The Normal Distribution Procedure Table (concluded) Finding the Distribution Curve 5. To the left of any z value, where z is greater than the mean: 6. To the right of any z value, where z is less than the mean: 0 +z z 0 a. Look up the z value to get the area. b. Add to the area. a. Look up the z value in the table to get the area. b. Add to the area. 7. In any two tails: z 0 +z a. Look up the z values in the table to get the areas. b. Subtract both areas from c. Add the answers. Procedure 1. Draw the picture. 2. Shade the area desired. 3. Find the correct figure. 4. Follow the directions. Note: Table E gives the area between 0 and any z value to the right of 0, and all areas are positive. Situation 1 Find the area under the standard normal curve between 0 and any z value. Example 6 1 Find the area under the standard normal distribution curve between z 0 and z Draw the figure and represent the area as shown in Figure 6 7. Figure 6 7 Example Since Table E gives the area between 0 and any z value to the right of 0, one need only look up the z value in the table. Find 2.3 in the left column and 0.04 in the top row. The value where the column and row meet in the table is the answer, See Figure 6 8. Hence, the area is , or 49.04%. 6 8

4 Section 6 3 The Distribution 293 Figure 6 8 Using Table E in the Appendix for Example 6 1 z Example 6 2 Find the area between z 0 and z 1.8. Draw the figure and represent the area as shown in Figure 6 9. Figure 6 9 Curve for Example Find the area in Table E by finding 1.8 in the left column and 0.00 in the top row. The area is , or 46.41%. Next, one must be able to find the areas for values that are not in Table E. This is done by using the properties of the normal distribution described in Section 6 2. Example 6 3 Find the area between z 0 and z Represent the area as shown in Figure Figure 6 10 Curve for Example

5 294 Chapter 6 The Normal Distribution Table E does not give the areas for negative values of z. But since the normal distribution is symmetric about the mean, the area to the left of the mean (in this case, the mean is 0) is the same as the area to the right of the mean. Hence one need only look up the area for z 1.75, which is , or 45.99%. This solution is summarized in block 1 in the Procedure Table. Remember that area is always a positive number, even if the z value is negative. Situation 2 Find the area under the standard normal distribution curve in either tail. Example 6 4 Find the area to the right of z Draw the figure and represent the area as shown in Figure Figure 6 11 Example The required area is in the tail of the curve. Since Table E gives the area between z 0 and z 1.11, first find that area. Then subtract this value from , since onehalf of the area under the curve is to the right of z 0. See Figure Figure 6 12 Finding the Area in the Tail of the Standard Normal Distribution Curve (Example 6 4) The area between z 0 and z 1.11 is , and the area to the right of z 1.11 is , or 13.35%, obtained by subtracting from Example 6 5 Find the area to the left of z The desired area is shown in Figure

6 Section 6 3 The Distribution 295 Figure 6 13 Example Again, Table E gives the area for positive z values. But from the symmetric property of the normal distribution, the area to the left of 1.93 is the same as the area to the right of z 1.93, as shown in Figure Now find the area between 0 and 1.93 and subtract it from , as shown: , or 2.68% Figure 6 14 Comparison of Areas to the Right of 1.93 and to the Left of 1.93 (Example 6 5) This procedure was summarized in block 2 of the Procedure Table. Situation 3 Find the area under the standard normal distribution curve between any two z values on the same side of the mean. Example 6 6 Find the area between z 2.00 and z The desired area is shown in Figure

7 296 Chapter 6 The Normal Distribution Figure 6 15 Example For this situation, look up the area from z 0 to z 2.47 and the area from z 0 to z Then subtract the two areas, as shown in Figure Figure 6 16 Finding the Area Under the Standard Normal Distribution Curve for Example The area between z 0 and z 2.47 is The area between z 0 and z 2.00 is Hence, the desired area is , or 1.60%. This procedure is summarized in block 3 of the Procedure Table. Two things should be noted here. First, the areas, not the z values, are subtracted. Subtracting the z values will yield an incorrect answer. Second, the procedure in Example 6 6 is used when both z values are on the same side of the mean. Example 6 7 Find the area between z 2.48 and z The desired area is shown in Figure Figure 6 17 Example The area between z 0 and z 2.48 is The area between z 0 and z 0.83 is Subtracting yields , or 19.67%. This solution is summarized in block 3 of the Procedure Table. 6 12

8 Section 6 3 The Distribution 297 Situation 4 Find the area under the standard normal distribution curve between any two z values on opposite sides of the mean. Example 6 8 Find the area between z 1.68 and z The desired area is shown in Figure Figure 6 18 Example Now, since the two areas are on opposite sides of z 0, one must find both areas and add them. The area between z 0 and z 1.68 is The area between z 0 and z 1.37 is Hence, the total area between z 1.37 and z 1.68 is , or 86.82%. This type of problem is summarized in block 4 of the Procedure Table. Situation 5 Find the area under the standard normal distribution curve to the left of any z value, where z is greater than the mean. Example 6 9 Find the area to the left of z Figure 6 19 Example 6 9 The desired area is shown in Figure Since Table E gives only the area between z 0 and z 1.99, one must add to the table area, since (one-half) of the total area lies to the left of z 0. The area between z 0 and z 1.99 is , and the total area is , or 97.67%. This solution is summarized in block 5 of the Procedure Table. 6 13

9 298 Chapter 6 The Normal Distribution The same procedure is used when the z value is to the left of the mean, as shown in Example Situation 6 Find the area under the standard normal distribution curve to the right of any z value, where z is less than the mean. Example 6 10 Find the area to the right of z The desired area is shown in Figure Figure 6 20 Example The area between z 0 and z 1.16 is Hence, the total area is , or 87.70%. This type of problem is summarized in block 6 of the Procedure Table. The final type of problem is that of finding the area in two tails. To solve it, find the area in each tail and add, as shown in Example Situation 7 two tails. Find the total area under the standard normal distribution curve in any Example 6 11 Find the area to the right of z 2.43 and to the left of z The desired area is shown in Figure Figure 6 21 Example The area to the right of 2.43 is The area to the left of z 3.01 is The total area, then, is , or 0.88%. This solution is summarized in block 7 of the Procedure Table. 6 14

10 Section 6 3 The Distribution 299 A Normal Distribution Curve as a Probability Distribution Curve A normal distribution curve can be used as a probability distribution curve for normally distributed variables. Recall that a normal distribution is a continuous distribution, as opposed to a discrete probability distribution, as explained in Chapter 5. The fact that it is continuous means that there are no gaps in the curve. In other words, for every z value on the x axis, there is a corresponding height, or frequency, value. The area under the standard normal distribution curve can also be thought of as a probability. That is, if it were possible to select any z value at random, the probability of choosing one, say, between 0 and 2.00 would be the same as the area under the curve between 0 and In this case, the area is Therefore, the probability of randomly selecting any z value between 0 and 2.00 is The problems involving probability are solved in the same manner as the previous examples involving areas in this section. For example, if the problem is to find the probability of selecting a z value between 2.25 and 2.94, solve it by using the method shown in block 3 of the Procedure Table. For probabilities, a special notation is used. For example, if the problem is to find the probability of any z value between 0 and 2.32, this probability is written as P(0 z 2.32). Note: In a continuous distribution, the probability of any exact z value is 0 since the area would be represented by a vertical line above the value. But vertical lines in theory have no area. So P a z b P a z b. Example 6 12 Find the probability for each. a. P(0 z 2.32) b. P(z 1.65) c. P(z 1.91) a. P(0 z 2.32) means to find the area under the standard normal distribution curve between 0 and Look up the area in Table E corresponding to z It is , or 48.98%. The area is shown in Figure Figure 6 22 Part a of Example 6 12 b. P(z 1.65) is represented in Figure Figure 6 23 Part b of Example

11 300 Chapter 6 The Normal Distribution Figure 6 24 Part c of Example 6 12 First, find the area between 0 and 1.65 in Table E. Then add it to to get , or 95.05%. c. P(z 1.91) is shown in Figure Since this area is a tail area, find the area between 0 and 1.91 and subtract it from Hence, , or 2.81%. Sometimes, one must find a specific z value for a given area under the standard normal distribution curve. The procedure is to work backward, using Table E. Example 6 13 Find the z value such that the area under the standard normal distribution curve between 0 and the z value is Draw the figure. The area is shown in Figure Figure 6 25 Example z Next, find the area in Table E, as shown in Figure Then read the correct z value in the left column as 0.5 and in the top row as 0.06, and add these two values to get Figure 6 26 Finding the z Value from Table E for Example 6 13 z Start here

12 Section 6 3 The Distribution 301 Figure 6 27 The Relationship Between Area and Probability units P (a) Clock y Area (b) Rectangle units x If the exact area cannot be found, use the closest value. For example, if one wanted to find the z value for an area , the closest area is , which gives a z value of See Table E in Appendix C. The rationale for using an area under a continuous curve to determine a probability can be understood by considering the example of a watch that is powered by a battery. When the battery goes dead, what is the probability that the minute hand will stop somewhere between the numbers 2 and 5 on the face of the watch? In this case, the values of the variable constitute a continuous variable since the hour hand can stop anywhere on the dial s face between 0 and 12 (one revolution of the minute hand). Hence, the sample space can be considered to be 12 units long, and the distance between the numbers 2 and 5 is 5 2, or 3 units. Hence, the probability that the minute hand stops on a number 3 between 2 and 5 is See Figure 6 27(a). The problem could also be solved by using a graph of a continuous variable. Let us assume that since the watch can stop anytime at random, the values where the minute hand would land are spread evenly over the range of 0 through 12. The graph would then consist of a continuous uniform distribution with a range of 12 units. Now if we require the area under the curve to be 1 (like the area under the standard normal distribution), the 1 height of the rectangle formed by the curve and the x axis would need to be 12. The reason is that the area of a rectangle is equal to the base times the height. If the base is 12 units 1 long, then the height would have to be since The area of the rectangle with a base from 2 through 5 would be 3 12, 1 or 4. See Figure 6 27(b). Notice that the area of the small rectangle is the same as the probability found previously. Hence the area of this rectangle corresponds to the probability of this event. The same reasoning can be applied to the standard normal distribution curve shown in Example Finding the area under the standard normal distribution curve is the first step in solving a wide variety of practical applications in which the variables are normally distributed. Some of these applications will be presented in Section

14 Section 6 3 The Distribution Between z 1.23 and z Between z 0.79 and z Between z 0.96 and z Between z 1.56 and z Between z 0.24 and z Between z 2.47 and z To the left of z To the left of z To the right of z To the right of z To the left of z 2.15 and to the right of z To the right of z 1.92 and to the left of z z 0 0 z In Exercises 26 through 39, find probabilities for each, using the standard normal distribution. 26. P(0 z 1.69) 27. P(0 z 0.67) 28. P( 1.23 z 0) 29. P( 1.57 z 0) 30. P(z 1.16) 31. P(z 2.83) 32. P(z 1.77) 33. P(z 1.21) 34. P( 0.05 z 1.10) 35. P( 2.46 z 1.74) 36. P(1.12 z 1.43) 37. P(1.46 z 2.97) 38. P(z 1.39) 39. P(z 1.42) For Exercises 40 through 45, find the z value that corresponds to the given area z z z 0 z Find the z value to the right of the mean so that a % of the area under the distribution curve lies to the left of it. b % of the area under the distribution curve lies to the left of it. c % of the area under the distribution curve lies to the left of it. 47. Find the z value to the left of the mean so that a % of the area under the distribution curve lies to the right of it. b % of the area under the distribution curve lies to the right of it. c % of the area under the distribution curve lies to the right of it. 6 19

15 304 Chapter 6 The Normal Distribution 48. Find two z values so that 44% of the middle area is bounded by them. 49. Find two z values, one positive and one negative, so that the areas in the two tails total the following values. a. 5% b. 10% c. 1% Extending the Concepts 50. In the standard normal distribution, find the values of z for the 75th, 80th, and 92nd percentiles. 51. Find P( 1 z 1), P( 2 z 2), and P( 3 z 3). How do these values compare with the empirical rule? 52. Find z 0 such that P(z z 0 ) Find z 0 such that P( 1.2 z z 0 ) Find z 0 such that P(z 0 z 2.5) Find z 0 such that the area between z 0 and z 0.5 is (two answers). 56. Find z 0 such that P( z 0 z z 0 ) Find the equation for the standard normal distribution by substituting 0 for m and 1 for s in the equation 2s 2 y e X m 2 s 2p 58. Graph by hand the standard normal distribution by using the formula derived in Exercise 57. Let p 3.14 and e Use X values of 2, 1.5, 1, 0.5, 0, 0.5, 1, 1.5, and 2. (Use a calculator to compute the y values.) Technology Step by Step MINITAB Step by Step The Distribution It is possible to determine the height of the density curve given a value of z, the cumulative area given a value of z, or a z value given a cumulative area. Examples are from Table E in Appendix C. Find the Area to the Left of z Select Calc>Probability Distributions>Normal. There are three options. 2. Click the button for Cumulative probability. In the center section, the mean and standard deviation for the standard normal distribution are the defaults. The mean should be 0, and the standard deviation should be Click the button for Input Constant, then click inside the text box and type in Leave the storage box empty. 4. Click [OK]. 6 20

16 Section 6 3 The Distribution 305 Cumulative Distribution Function Normal with mean = 0 and standard deviation = 1 x P( X <= x ) The graph is not shown in the output. The session window displays the result, If you choose the optional storage, type in a variable name such as K1. The result will be stored in the constant and will not be in the session window. Find the Area to the Right of Select Calc>Probability Distributions>Normal. 2. Click the button for Cumulative probability. 3. Click the button for Input Constant, then enter 2.06 in the text box. Do not forget the minus sign. 4. Click in the text box for Optional storage and type K1. 5. Click [OK]. The area to the left of 2.06 is stored in K1 but not displayed in the session window. To determine the area to the right of the z value, subtract this constant from 1, then display the result. 6. Select Calc>Calculator. a) Type K2 in the text box for Store result in:. b) Type in the expression 1 K1, then click [OK]. 7. Select Data>Display Data. Drag the mouse over K1 and K2, then click [Select] and [OK]. The results will be in the session window and stored in the constants. Data Display K K To see the constants and other information about the worksheet, click the Project Manager icon. In the left pane click on the green worksheet icon, and then click the constants folder. You should see all constants and their values in the right pane of the Project Manager. 9. For the third example calculate the two probabilities and store them in K1 and K Use the calculator to subtract K1 from K2 and store in K3. The calculator and project manager windows are shown. 6 21

17 306 Chapter 6 The Normal Distribution Calculate a z Value Given the Cumulative Probability Find the z value for a cumulative probability of Select Calc>Probability Distributions>Normal. 2. Click the option for Inverse cumulative probability, then the option for Input constant. 3. In the text box type.025, the cumulative area, then click [OK]. 4. In the dialog box, the z value will be returned, Inverse Cumulative Distribution Function Normal with mean = 0 and standard deviation = 1 P ( X <= x ) x In the session window z is TI-83 Plus or TI 84 Plus Step by Step Excel Step by Step Random Variables To find the probability for a standard normal random variable: Press 2nd [DISTR], then 2 for normalcdf( The form is normalcdf(lower z score, upper z score). Use E99 for (infinity) and E99 for (negative infinity). Press 2nd [EE] to get E. Example: Area to the right of z 1.11 (Example 6 4 from the text) normalcdf(1.11,e99) Example: Area to the left of z 1.93 (Example 6 5 from the text) normalcdf( E99, 1.93) Example: Area between z 2.00 and z 2.47 (Example 6 6 from the text) normalcdf(2.00,2.47) To find the percentile for a standard normal random variable: Press 2nd [DISTR], then 3 for the invnorm( The form is invnorm(area to the left of z score) Example: Find the z score such that the area under the standard normal curve to the left of it is (Example 6 13 from the text) invnorm(.7123) The Normal Distribution To find area under the standard normal curve between two z values: P( 1.23 z 2.54) 1. Open a new worksheet and select a blank cell. 2. Click the f x icon from the toolbar to call up the function list. 3. Select NORMSDIST from the Statistical function category. 4. Enter 1.23 in the dialog box and click [OK]. This gives the area to the left of Select an adjacent blank cell, and repeat steps 1 through 4 for To find the area between 1.23 and 2.54, select another blank cell and subtract the smaller area from the larger area. 6 22

18 Section 6 4 Applications of the Normal Distribution 307 The area between the two values is the answer, To find a z score corresponding to a cumulative area: P(Z z) Click the f x icon and select the Statistical function category. 2. Select the NORMSINV function and enter Click [OK]. The z score whose cumulative area is is the answer, Applications of the Normal Distribution Objective 4 Find probabilities for a normally distributed variable by transforming it into a standard normal variable. The standard normal distribution curve can be used to solve a wide variety of practical problems. The only requirement is that the variable be normally or approximately normally distributed. There are several mathematical tests to determine whether a variable is normally distributed. See the Critical Thinking Challenge on page 342. For all the problems presented in this chapter, one can assume that the variable is normally or approximately normally distributed. To solve problems by using the standard normal distribution, transform the original variable to a standard normal distribution variable by using the formula value mean z standard deviation or z X m s This is the same formula presented in Section 3 4. This formula transforms the values of the variable into standard units or z values. Once the variable is transformed, then the Procedure Table and Table E in Appendix C can be used to solve problems. For example, suppose that the scores for a standardized test are normally distributed, have a mean of 100, and have a standard deviation of 15. When the scores are transformed to z values, the two distributions coincide, as shown in Figure (Recall that the z distribution has a mean of 0 and a standard deviation of 1.) Figure 6 28 Test Scores and Their Corresponding z Values z To solve the application problems in this section, transform the values of the variable to z values and then find the areas under the standard normal distribution, as shown in Section

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