(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

a.) A lamp has two bulbs of a type with an average lifetime of 1000 hours. Assuming that we can model the probability of failure of these bulbs by an exponential density function with mean u = 1000, find the probablity that both of the lamp's bulbs fail within 1000 hours.

b.) Another lamp has just one bulb of the same type as in part (a). If one bulb burns out and is replaced by a bulb of the same type, find the probability that the two bulbs fail within a total of 1000 hours.

2. Relevant equations

Exponential density function: f(t) = { 0 if t < 0

u^{-1}e^{-t/u}if t ≥ 0}

3. The attempt at a solution

Plugging 1000 in for u, I got f(t) = { 0 if t < 0

1000^{-1}e^{-t/1000}if t ≥ 0}

My guess is that I need to say that the function I got is the function for both light bulb #1 (I'll call it X) and light bulb #2 (I'll call it Y). Therefore, I am assuming I need to multiply these two functions X and Y together and then find when P(X+Y ≤ 1000). Therefore I would integrate the function where x goes from 0 to 1000 and y goes from 0 to 1000 - x.

Am I right in my steps cause I am really not sure if I completely understand probability density...?

Thanks.

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# Homework Help: Exponential probability density

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