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Homework Help: Panel problem

  1. Mar 1, 2007 #1
    Hi,
    I need have this problem check because I have a problem at the last question:

    the probability is 0.6 that a well driller will find a well of water at a depth less than 100 feet in a certain area. Wells are to be drilled for six new homeowners. Assue that finding a well of water at a depth of less than 100 feet is independent from drilling to drilling and that the probability is 0.6 on every drilling. If X is the number of wells of water found. Find:

    1-P(X>4)
    My solution: P(X>4)=1-B(4;6,0.6)

    2-P(X=4)
    P(X=4)=b(4;6,0.6)

    3-mean
    mean=n*p=3.6

    4-variance
    Var^2=n*p*(1-p)=1.44

    5-P(X=mean)
    Here since mean =3.6, I have problem to find P(X=mean)

    Thank you
    B.
     
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  3. Mar 2, 2007 #2

    HallsofIvy

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    B is the binomial probability? Isn't B(4;6,0.6) the probability of exactly 4 "sucesses" out of 6? If so 1- B(4;6,0,6) is P(X= 1, 2, 3, 5, or 6). What you want is P(5;6,0.6)+ P(6;6,0.6).

    ?? Is "b" different from "B"? If not then what I thought above was true. This is correct, 1 is incorrect. Oh, and have you actually calculated that value?

    Okay.

    Well, that last one is kind of trivial isn't it!
     
  4. Mar 2, 2007 #3
    But my calculator does not give me a approximate value for b(3.6;4,0.6) ! ( for question 5)
     
  5. Mar 2, 2007 #4

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    You are supposed to be smarter than your calculuator! Stop and THINK. If you drill 6 wells, each well either will or won't hit water, what is the probability that exactly 3.6 of them will hit water?!!
     
  6. Mar 2, 2007 #5
    Each well has a probability of 0.5 to hit water. So the probability of exactly 3.6 wells each 0.5^3.6= 0.082 ??
     
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