Posted by **Shamin** on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 4:19pm.

A vending machine dispenses coffee into an eight-ounce cup. The amount of coffee dispensed into the cup is normally distributed with a standard deviation of .03 ounce. You can allow the cup to OVERFILL 1% of the time. What amount should you set as the mean amount of coffee to be dispensed?

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**Bernd**, Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 8:23am
x=8, δ=0.03

x=μ+zδ

μ=x-zδ

You have to find the mean that makes the range of 0oz to 8oz equal to 0.99 or the 99th percentile (because everything above 8oz should occur only in 1% of the time).

You can look up the z-value for 0.99 in a Standard Normal Distribution table.

z=2.32

μ=8-2.32*0.03=7.93

You get a mean of 7.93oz.

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