AP Statistics Assignment for 1/18

Read pages 418-423, stopping at “The Normal Model to the Rescue!”

From pages 430-432, do exercises 7, 10, 12, 17.

A word about assumptions and conditions…

In order for a model to be valid for a scenario, we must be able to make certain assumptions about that scenario.  They can include the results of individual trials being independent from each other, the number of trials/sample size being large enough for the model to apply, etc.

If it is appropriate to make these assumptions, then go ahead and do it, but if it is not appropriate to make these assumptions, you can still proceed provided certain conditions are satisfied.  These conditions mean that the scenario is “close enough” to allow the model to be valid.

For example, coin flips are independent.  There is no finite population of coin flips that you are “drawing” a sample from, and so each coin flip’s outcome is independent of the next.  Drawing cards from a deck are not independent, as the deck is finite and the probability of a certain outcome changes with each card that is removed. However, if the population is large enough, or more specifically if the sample is small enough in comparison to the population, then that probability change is very small, small enough to be ignored.

In general, as long as the sample size is less than 10% of the overall population, the probability change isn’t big enough to be worrisome.


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