Posted by gina on .
a basketball scout randomly selected 144 players and timed howlong eah player took to perform a certain drill. the times in thissample were distributed with a mean of 8 minutes. the populationstandard deviation was known to be 3 minutes.
(a) find the critical value for a 95% confidence interval forthe population mean of drill times.
(b) using the 95% confidence interval,estimate the populationmean of drill times.

statistics please 
MathGuru,
Formula for 95% confidence interval:
CI95 = mean ± 1.96 (sd/√n)
...where ± 1.96 represents the 95% interval using a ztable.
With your data:
CI95 = 8 ± 1.96 (3/√144)
Finish the calculation.
I hope this helps. 
statistics please 
Anonymous,
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statistics please 
Hani,
We construct a new variable,
Z = (M  m) / [3 / sqrt(144)] = = 4 (M  m)
which then obeys the standard normal distribution.
We are looking for a value z such that P(z < Z < z) = 0.95. To find this value using the table, we first use the symmetry of the standard normal distribution about its (zero) mean to write:
0.95 = P(z < Z < z) = 2 P(0 < Z < z) = 2 [P(Z < z)  P(Z <= 0)] = 2 [P(Z < z)  0.5] = 2 P(Z<z)  1,
so P(Z < z) = 1.95 / 2 = 0.9750, which gives us the estimate z = 1.96.
Therefore, the confidence interval for M is [m  z/4, m + z/4] = [7.51, 8.49].
B. Not sure how to do the said "estimate." If we take the midpoint of the confidence interval as the estimate, we end up with M = m. A more pessimistic estimate would be closer to 7.51 than to 8.49.