posted by Amy on .
Using diaries for many weeks, a study on the lifestyles of visually impaired students was conducted. The students kept track of many lifestyle variables including how many hours of sleep obtained on a typical day. Researchers found that visually impaired students averaged 9.36 hours of sleep, with a standard deviation of 2.28 hours. Assume that the number of hours of sleep for these visually impaired students is normally distributed.
What is the probability that a visually impaired student gets between 6.4 and 9.41 hours of sleep?
**I took (9.41-9.36)/2.28 = .0219 and (6.41-9.36)/2.28 = -1.2982. I found their corresponding values in the normal distribution table, and I subtracted the 6.4 value from the 9.41 value. It's not right, and I don't know why.
Forty percent of students get less than how many hours of sleep on a typical day?
**I'm not really sure how to set this one up. If there's some sort of formula that I could use, that'd be great.
your z-scores are correct
using the z-score of .0219 you should have found a value of .5087 in your tables, telling you that 50.87% would have less than 9.41 hours of sleep
your z-score of -1.2982 should have given you a value of .09711 telling you that 9.71% would have less than 6.4 hours of sleep.
so the "betwee" percentage would be
50.87% - 9.71% = 41.16%
Instead of a table I use the following website
set the output for "between" and just enter the values, you don't even have to find the z-scores.
Of course it will also work if you use the z-scores, but make sure you set the mean to 0 and your SD to 1