Module 6: Normal Distribution
Section Exercises
Barbara Illowsky & OpenStax et al.
The Standard Normal Distribution
1. A bottle of water contains 12.05 fluid ounces with a standard deviation of 0.01 ounces. Define the random variable X in words. X = ____________.
2. A normal distribution has a mean of 61 and a standard deviation of 15. What is the median?
3. X ~ N(1, 2)
σ = _______
4. A company manufactures rubber balls. The mean diameter of a ball is 12 cm with a standard deviation of 0.2 cm. Define the random variable X in words. X = ______________.
5. X ~ N(–4, 1)
What is the median?
σ = _______
7. X ~ N(–2, 1)
μ = _______
8. What does a zscore measure?
9. What does standardizing a normal distribution do to the mean?
10. Is X ~ N(0, 1) a standardized normal distribution? Why or why not?
11. What is the zscore of x = 12, if it is two standard deviations to the right of the mean?
12. What is the zscore of x = 9, if it is 1.5 standard deviations to the left of the mean?
13. What is the zscore of x = –2, if it is 2.78 standard deviations to the right of the mean?
14. What is the zscore of x = 7, if it is 0.133 standard deviations to the left of the mean?
15. Suppose X ~ N(2, 6). What value of x has a zscore of three?
16. Suppose X ~ N(8, 1). What value of x has a zscore of –2.25?
17. Suppose X ~ N(9, 5). What value of x has a zscore of –0.5?
18. Suppose X ~ N(2, 3). What value of x has a zscore of –0.67?
19. Suppose X ~ N(4, 2). What value of x is 1.5 standard deviations to the left of the mean?
20. Suppose X ~ N(4, 2). What value of x is two standard deviations to the right of the mean?
21. Suppose X ~ N(8, 9). What value of x is 0.67 standard deviations to the left of the mean?
22. Suppose X ~ N(–1, 2). What is the zscore of x = 2?
23. Suppose X ~ N(12, 6). What is the zscore of x = 2?
24. Suppose X ~ N(9, 3). What is the zscore of x = 9?
25. Suppose a normal distribution has a mean of six and a standard deviation of 1.5. What is the zscore of x = 5.5?
26. In a normal distribution, x = 5 and z = –1.25. This tells you that x = 5 is ____ standard deviations to the ____ (right or left) of the mean.
27. In a normal distribution, x = 3 and z = 0.67. This tells you that x = 3 is ____ standard deviations to the ____ (right or left) of the mean.
28. In a normal distribution, x = –2 and z = 6. This tells you that x = –2 is ____ standard deviations to the ____ (right or left) of the mean.
29. In a normal distribution, x = –5 and z = –3.14. This tells you that x = –5 is ____ standard deviations to the ____ (right or left) of the mean.
30. In a normal distribution, x = 6 and z = –1.7. This tells you that x = 6 is ____ standard deviations to the ____ (right or left) of the mean.
31. About what percent of x values from a normal distribution lie within one standard deviation (left and right) of the mean of that distribution?
32. About what percent of the x values from a normal distribution lie within two standard deviations (left and right) of the mean of that distribution?
33. About what percent of x values lie between the second and third standard deviations (both sides)?
34. Suppose X ~ N(15, 3). Between what x values does 68.27% of the data lie? The range of x values is centered at the mean of the distribution (i.e., 15).
35. Suppose X ~ N(–3, 1). Between what x values does 95.45% of the data lie? The range of x values is centered at the mean of the distribution(i.e., –3).
36. Suppose X ~ N(–3, 1).
a) Between what x values does 34.14% of the data lie?
37. About what percent of x values lie between the mean and three standard deviations?
38. About what percent of x values lie between the mean and one standard deviation?
39. About what percent of x values lie between the first and second standard deviations from the mean (both sides)?
Use the following information to answer the next two exercises: The life of Sunshine CD players is normally distributed with mean of 4.1 years and a standard deviation of 1.3 years. A CD player is guaranteed for three years. We are interested in the length of time a CD player lasts.
41. Define the random variable X in words. X = _______________.
42. X ~ _____(_____,_____)
Use the following information to answer the next two exercises: The patient recovery time from a particular surgical procedure is normally distributed with a mean of 5.3 days and a standard deviation of 2.1 days.
43. What is the median recovery time?
 2.7
 5.3
 7.4
 2.1
44. What is the zscore for a patient who takes ten days to recover?
 1.5
 0.2
 2.2
 7.3
 The data cannot follow the uniform distribution.
 The data cannot follow the exponential distribution..
 The data cannot follow the normal distribution.
 I only
 II only
 III only
 I, II, and III
46. The heights of the 430 National Basketball Association players were listed on team rosters at the start of the 2005–2006 season. The heights of basketball players have an approximate normal distribution with mean, µ = 79 inches and a standard deviation, σ = 3.89 inches. For each of the following heights, calculate the zscore and interpret it using complete sentences.
 77 inches
 85 inches
 If an NBA player reported his height had a zscore of 3.5, would you believe him? Explain your answer.
47. The systolic blood pressure (given in millimeters) of males has an approximately normal distribution with mean µ = 125 and standard deviation σ = 14. Systolic blood pressure for males follows a normal distribution.
 Calculate the zscores for the male systolic blood pressures 100 and 150 millimeters.
 If a male friend of yours said he thought his systolic blood pressure was 2.5 standard deviations below the mean, but that he believed his blood pressure was between 100 and 150 millimeters, what would you say to him?
48. Kyle’s doctor told him that the zscore for his systolic blood pressure is 1.75. Which of the following is the best interpretation of this standardized score? The systolic blood pressure (given in millimeters) of males has an approximately normal distribution with mean µ = 125 and standard deviation σ = 14. If X = a systolic blood pressure score then X ~ N (125, 14).
 Which answer(s) is/are correct?
 Kyle’s systolic blood pressure is 175.
 Kyle’s systolic blood pressure is 1.75 times the average blood pressure of men his age.
 Kyle’s systolic blood pressure is 1.75 above the average systolic blood pressure of men his age.
 Kyles’s systolic blood pressure is 1.75 standard deviations above the average systolic blood pressure for men.
 Calculate Kyle’s blood pressure.
49. Height and weight are two measurements used to track a child’s development. The World Health Organization measures child development by comparing the weights of children who are the same height and the same gender. In 2009, weights for all 80 cm girls in the reference population had a mean µ = 10.2 kg and standard deviation σ = 0.8 kg. Weights are normally distributed. X ~ N(10.2, 0.8). Calculate the zscores that correspond to the following weights and interpret them.
50. In 2005, 1,475,623 students heading to college took the SAT. The distribution of scores in the math section of the SAT follows a normal distribution with mean µ = 520 and standard deviation σ = 115.
 Calculate the zscore for an SAT score of 720. Interpret it using a complete sentence.
 What math SAT score is 1.5 standard deviations above the mean? What can you say about this SAT score?
 For 2012, the SAT math test had a mean of 514 and standard deviation 117. The ACT math test is an alternate to the SAT and is approximately normally distributed with mean 21 and standard deviation 5.3. If one person took the SAT math test and scored 700 and a second person took the ACT math test and scored 30, who did better with respect to the test they took?
Using the Normal Distribution
51. How would you represent the area to the left of one in a probability statement?
52. What is the area to the right of one?
53. Is P(x < 1) equal to P(x ≤ 1)? Why?
54. How would you represent the area to the left of three in a probability statement?
55. What is the area to the right of three?
56. If the area to the left of x in a normal distribution is 0.123, what is the area to the right of x?
57. If the area to the right of x in a normal distribution is 0.543, what is the area to the left of x?
X ~ N(54, 8)
58. Find the probability that x > 56.
59. Find the probability that x < 30.
61. Find the 60^{th} percentile.
62. X ~ N(6, 2), Find the probability that x is between three and nine.
63. X ~ N(–3, 4), Find the probability that x is between one and four.
65. Use the following information to answer the next three exercise: The life of Sunshine CD players is normally distributed with a mean of 4.1 years and a standard deviation of 1.3 years. A CD player is guaranteed for three years. We are interested in the length of time a CD player lasts. Find the probability that a CD player will break down during the guarantee period.
 . Sketch the situation. Label and scale the axes. Shade the region corresponding to the probability.

 Sketch the situation. Label and scale the axes. Shade the region corresponding to the probability.
 P(__________ < x < __________) = __________
 Sketch the situation. Label and scale the axes. Shade the region corresponding to the lower 70%.
 P(x < k) = __________ Therefore, k = _________
Use the following information to answer the next two exercises: The patient recovery time from a particular surgical procedure is normally distributed with a mean of 5.3 days and a standard deviation of 2.1 days.
 0.0580
 0.8447
 0.0553
 0.9420
69. The 90^{th} percentile for recovery times is?
 8.89
 7.07
 7.99
 4.32
Use the following information to answer the next three exercises: The length of time it takes to find a parking space at 9 A.M. follows a normal distribution with a mean of five minutes and a standard deviation of two minutes.
70. Based upon the given information and numerically justified, would you be surprised if it took less than one minute to find a parking space?
 Yes
 No
 Unable to determine
71. Find the probability that it takes at least eight minutes to find a parking space.
 0.0001
 0.9270
 0.1862
 0.0668
 1.24
 2.41
 3.95
 6.05
 X ~ _____(_____,_____)
 Find the probability that the person is between 65 and 69 inches. Include a sketch of the graph, and write a probability statement.
 Would you expect to meet many Asian adult males over 72 inches? Explain why or why not, and justify your answer numerically.
 The middle 40% of heights fall between what two values? Sketch the graph, and write the probability statement.
 X ~ _____(_____,_____)
 Find the probability that the person has an IQ greater than 120. Include a sketch of the graph, and write a probability statement.
 MENSA is an organization whose members have the top 2% of all IQs. Find the minimum IQ needed to qualify for the MENSA organization. Sketch the graph, and write the probability statement.
 The middle 50% of IQs fall between what two values? Sketch the graph and write the probability statement.
75. The percent of fat calories that a person in America consumes each day is normally distributed with a mean of about 36 and a standard deviation of 10. Suppose that one individual is randomly chosen. Let X = percent of fat calories.
 X ~ _____(_____,_____)
 Find the probability that the percent of fat calories a person consumes is more than 40. Graph the situation. Shade in the area to be determined.
 Find the maximum number for the lower quarter of percent of fat calories. Sketch the graph and write the probability statement.
76. Suppose that the distance of fly balls hit to the outfield (in baseball) is normally distributed with a mean of 250 feet and a standard deviation of 50 feet.
 If X = distance in feet for a fly ball, then X ~ _____(_____,_____)
 If one fly ball is randomly chosen from this distribution, what is the probability that this ball traveled fewer than 220 feet? Sketch the graph. Scale the horizontal axis X. Shade the region corresponding to the probability. Find the probability.
 Find the 80^{th} percentile of the distribution of fly balls. Sketch the graph, and write the probability statement.
 In words, define the random variable X.
 X ~ _____(_____,_____)
 Find the probability that the child spends less than one hour per day unsupervised. Sketch the graph, and write the probability statement.
 What percent of the children spend over ten hours per day unsupervised?
 Seventy percent of the children spend at least how long per day unsupervised?
 State the approximate distribution of X.
 Is 1,956.8 a population mean or a sample mean? How do you know?
 Find the probability that a randomly selected district had fewer than 1,600 votes for President Clinton. Sketch the graph and write the probability statement.
 Find the probability that a randomly selected district had between 1,800 and 2,000 votes for President Clinton.
 Find the third quartile for votes for President Clinton.
79. Suppose that the duration of a particular type of criminal trial is known to be normally distributed with a mean of 21 days and a standard deviation of seven days.
 In words, define the random variable X.
 X ~ _____(_____,_____)
 If one of the trials is randomly chosen, find the probability that it lasted at least 24 days. Sketch the graph and write the probability statement.
 Sixty percent of all trials of this type are completed within how many days?
 In words, define the random variable X.
 X ~ _____(_____,_____)
 Find the percent of her laps that are completed in less than 130 seconds.
 The fastest 3% of her laps are under _____.
 The middle 80% of her laps are from _______ seconds to _______ seconds.
0.50  4.25  5  6  7.25 
1.75  4.25  5.25  6  7.25 
2  4.25  5.25  6.25  7.25 
2.25  4.25  5.5  6.25  7.75 
2.25  4.5  5.5  6.5  8 
2.5  4.75  5.5  6.5  8.25 
2.75  4.75  5.75  6.5  9.5 
3.25  4.75  5.75  6.75  9.5 
3.75  5  6  6.75  9.75 
3.75  5  6  6.75  10.75 
 Ricardo’s actual GPA is lower than Anita’s actual GPA.
 Ricardo is not passing because his zscore is zero.
 Anita is in the 70^{th} percentile of students at her college.
40,000  40,000  45,050  45,500  46,249  48,134 
49,133  50,071  50,096  50,466  50,832  51,100 
51,500  51,900  52,000  52,132  52,200  52,530 
52,692  53,864  54,000  55,000  55,000  55,000 
55,000  55,000  55,000  55,082  57,000  58,008 
59,680  60,000  60,000  60,492  60,580  62,380 
62,872  64,035  65,000  65,050  65,647  66,000 
66,161  67,428  68,349  68,976  69,372  70,107 
70,585  71,594  72,000  72,922  73,379  74,500 
75,025  76,212  78,000  80,000  80,000  82,300 
85. A NUMMI assembly line, which has been operating since 1984, has built an average of 6,000 cars and trucks a week. Generally, 10% of the cars were defective coming off the assembly line. Suppose we draw a random sample of n = 100 cars. Let X represent the number of defective cars in the sample. What can we say about X in regard to the 689599.7 empirical rule (one standard deviation, two standard deviations and three standard deviations from the mean are being referred to)? Assume a normal distribution for the defective cars in the sample.
86. We flip a coin 100 times (n = 100) and note that it only comes up heads 20% (p = 0.20) of the time. The mean and standard deviation for the number of times the coin lands on heads is µ = 20 and σ = 4 (verify the mean and standard deviation). Solve the following:
 There is about a 68% chance that the number of heads will be somewhere between ___ and ___.
 There is about a ____chance that the number of heads will be somewhere between 12 and 28.
 There is about a ____ chance that the number of heads will be somewhere between eight and 32.
87. A $1 scratch off lotto ticket will be a winner one out of five times. Out of a shipment of n = 190 lotto tickets, find the probability for the lotto tickets that there are
 somewhere between 34 and 54 prizes.
 somewhere between 54 and 64 prizes.
 more than 64 prizes.
 Find the probability that the percent of 18 to 34yearolds who check Facebook before getting out of bed in the morning is at least 30.
 Find the 95^{th} percentile, and express it in a sentence.