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A sample of 400 high school students showed that they spend an average of 70 minutes a day watching television with a standard deviation of 14 minutes. Another sample of 500 college students showed that they spend an average of 55 minutes a day watching television with a standard deviation of 12 minutes.
a. Construct a 99% confidence interval for the difference between the mean times spent watching television by all high school students and all college students.
b. Test at the 2.5% significance level if the mean time spent watching television per day by high school students is higher than the mean time spent watching television by college students.

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    Z = (mean1 - mean2)/standard error (SE) of difference between means

    SEdiff = √(SEmean1^2 + SEmean2^2)

    SEm = SD/√n

    If only one SD is provided, you can use just that to determine SEdiff.

    Find table in the back of your statistics text labeled something like "areas under normal distribution" to find the proportion related to the Z score.

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