AP Statistics Multiple-Choice Practice Questions: Confidence Intervals 2

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1. In a New York Times poll measuring a candidate's popularity, the newspaper claimed that in 19 of 20 cases its poll results should be no more than three percentage points off in either direction. What confidence level are the pollsters working with, and what size sample should they have obtained?

2. In an SRS of 80 teenagers, the average number of texts handled in a day was 50 with a standard deviation of 15. What is the 96% confidence interval for the average number of texts handled by teens daily?

3. One gallon of gasoline is put in each of 30 test autos, and the resulting mileage figures are tabulated with = 28.5 and s = 1.2. Determine a 95% confidence interval estimate of the mean mileage.

4. The number of accidents per day at a large factory is noted for each of 64 days with = 3.58 and s = 1.52. With what degree of confidence can we assert that the mean number of accidents per day at the factory is between 3.20 and 3.96?

5. A company owns 335 trucks. For an SRS of 30 of these trucks, the average yearly road tax paid is $9540 with a standard deviation of $1205. What is a 99% confidence interval estimate for the total yearly road taxes paid for the 335 trucks?

6. What sample size should be chosen to find the mean number of absences per month for school children to within ±0.2 at a 95% confidence level if it is known that the standard deviation is 1.1?

7. Hospital administrators wish to learn the average length of stay of all surgical patients. A statistician determines that, for a 95% confidence level estimate of the average length of stay to within ±0.5 days, 50 surgical patients' records will have to be examined. How many records should be looked at to obtain a 95% confidence level estimate to within ±0.25 days?

8. The National Research Council of the Philippines reported that 210 of 361 members in biology are women, but only 34 of 86 members in mathematics are women. Establish a 95% confidence interval estimate of the difference in proportions of women in biology and women in mathematics in the Philippines.

9. In a simple random sample of 300 elderly men, 65% were married, while in an independent simple random sample of 400 elderly women, 48% were married. Determine a 99% confidence interval estimate for the difference between the proportions of elderly men and women who are married.

10. A researcher plans to investigate the difference between the proportion of psychiatrists and the proportion of psychologists who believe that most emotional problems have their root causes in childhood. How large a sample should be taken (same number for each group) to be 90% certain of knowing the difference to within ±0.03?

11. In a study aimed at reducing developmental problems in low-birth-weight (under 2500 grams) babies (Journal of the American Medical Association, June 13, 1990, page 3040), 347 infants were exposed to a special educational curriculum while 561 did not receive any special help. After 3 years the children exposed to the special curriculum showed a mean IQ of 93.5 with a standard deviation of 19.1; the other children had a mean IQ of 84.5 with a standard deviation of 19.9. Find a 95% confidence interval estimate for the difference in mean IQs of low-birth-weight babies who receive special intervention and those who do not.

12. Does socioeconomic status relate to age at time of HIV infection? For 274 high-income HIV-positive individuals the average age of infection was 33.0 years with a standard deviation of 6.3, while for 90 low-income individuals the average age was 28.6 years with a standard deviation of 6.3 (The Lancet, October 22, 1994, page 1121). Find a 90% confidence interval estimate for the difference in ages of high- and low-income people at the time of HIV infection.