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Professor Smith conducted a class exercise in which students ran a computer program to generate random samples from a population that had a mean of 50 and a standard deviation of 9mm. Each of Smith's students took a random sample of size n and calculated the sample mean. Smith found that about 68% of the students had sample means between 48.5 and 51.5 mm. What was n? ( assume that n is large enogh that the Central Limiot Theorem is applicable)

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    The standard deviation of n-sample means is sigma/sqrt(n). In your case sigma = 9 for the single-sample distribution and the 1.5 for the groups of n. Therefore
    1.5 = 9/sqrt(n)
    sqrt n = 9/1.5 = 6 and n = 36

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