# Multiple Choice Questions Normal approximations to discrete

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Normal approximations to discrete distributions

1. The National Broomball League claims to have a balanced league; that is,
for any given game each team has an equal chance of winning or losing with
no ties. Assuming the claim is true, what is the approximate probability
that a given team will lose more than 61 games out of the 100 played?
(a) 0.0500
(b) 0.4918
(c) 0.0107
(d) 0.0082
(e) 0.0164
Solution: c (Uses the continuity correction so use 61.5 in the normal
approximation)
d would also be acceptable but it does NOT use the continuity correction

2. The probability of getting a parking ticket when not paying for a 2-hour
period is 0.3. What is the probability of getting at least 60 tickets if you
park on 250 occasions for a 2-hour period and don’t pay?
(a) 0.016
(b) 0.019
(c) 0.98
(d) 0.93
(e) 0.072
Solution: c

3. A professional basketball player sinks 80% of his foul shots, in the long
run. If he gets 100 tries during a season, then the probability that he sinks
between 75 and 90 shots (inclusive) is approximately equal to:
(a) P r(−1.25 ≤ Z ≤ 2.5)

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(b) P r(−1.125 ≤ Z ≤ 2.625)
(c) P r(−1.125 ≤ Z ≤ 2.375)
(d) P r(−1.375 ≤ Z ≤ 2.375)
(e) P r(−1.375 ≤ Z ≤ 2.625)
Solution: e

4. Suppose in the University of Manitoba, 30% of the students live in apart-
ments. If 200 students are randomly selected, then the probability that the
number of them living in apartments will be between 50 and 75 inclusive,
is:
(a) .9167
(b) .9298
(c) .9390
(d) .9268
(e) .9208
Solution: c

5. If X has a binomial distribution with n = 400 and p = .4, the approximate
probability of the event {155 < X < 175} is:
(a) 0.6552
(b) 0.6429
(c) 0.6078
(d) 0.6201
(e) 0.6320
Solution: c

6. If in the previous question we change the interval to {155 ≤ X ≤ 175},
the approximate probability is;
(a) 0.4
(b) larger than that in the previous question
(c) smaller than that in the previous question
(d) equal to that in the previous question
(e) may be smaller or larger than that in the previous question
Solution: b

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7. Companies are interested in the demographics of those who listen to the
20% of listeners phoning in to a morning talk program are male. During
a particular week, 200 calls are received by this program. What is the
approximate probability that at least 50 of the callers are male?
(a)   .0466
(b)   .0212
(c)   .1168
(d)   .1402
(e)   Not within ś .01 of any of the above.
Solution: a

8. The unemployment rate in a certain city is 8.5%. A random sample of 100
people from the labour force is drawn. Find the approximate probability
that the sample contains at least ten unemployed people.
(a)   .3879
(b)   .3245
(c)   .3419
(d)   .2946
(e)   .3594
Solution: e

9. A politician has targeted 100 homes to visit during a week. From past
experience, 50 percent of the households answer the bell and invite him
in. Of this, 80 percent will agree with his policies. The approximate
probability that the politician will get support from at least 45 households
during a week is:
(a)   0.1991
(b)   0.3212
(c)   0.8643
(d)   0.1376
(e)   0.1788
Solution: d

10. People who have been in contact with a carrier of a disease, have a 40%
chance of contracting the disease. Suppose that the carrier of the dis-
eases may have infected a school with 500 people. Find the approximate
probability that at least 215 people will contract the disease.

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(a) .09
(b) .91
(c) between .05 and .34
(d) 1.37
(e) between 2.5% and 17%
Solution: a
Past performance 1993 Apr - 40% (b-22%, c-22%)

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