Posted by **George** on Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 8:25pm.

Decide which of the variables described is likely to have a normal or near-normal distribution.

a. The number of courses remaining until graduation for the students

in a small liberal arts college

b. The SAT mathematics scores for students in an advanced placement

mathematics class

A) a

B) b

C) both a and b

D) neither a nor b

Is it C?

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**Ms. Sue**, Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 9:12pm
I don't think so.

The number of courses remaining until graduation will be far different for the students -- depending upon how many courses they've already taken. The freshmen will have the most courses remaining, while the seniors will have the fewest. Since there are probably more freshmen than seniors, the number is probably skewed with the biggest proportion being in the freshmen class.

The scores of AP math students will probably show a normal distribution.

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**George**, Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 9:18pm
So then Ms. Sue what is the answer though? D? I'm confused?

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**Ms. Sue**, Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 9:30pm
Since the scores of AP students probably show a normal distribution, the answer can't be D.

Do you understand "normal distribution?"

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**George**, Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 11:01pm
YES BUT I NEED TO CHOOSE ANY FROM THE MULT. CHOICE NOT ONLY NORMAL DISTRIBUTION MAM.

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**MathMate**, Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 11:10pm
George,

You can also refer to this post:

http://www.jiskha.com/display.cgi?id=1249693160

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**Ms. Sue**, Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 11:10pm
Why isn't the answer B???

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**George**, Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 2:49pm
Thanks to both of you helping me with this questions.

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