Bringing It Together: Homework

Use the following information to answer the next 10 exercises:

Indicate which of the following choices best identifies the hypothesis test:

  1. Independent group means, population standard deviations and/or variances known
  2. Independent group means, population standard deviations and/or variances unknown
  3. Matched or paired samples
  4. Single mean
  5. Two proportions
  6. Single proportion

A powder diet is tested on 49 people, and a liquid diet is tested on 36 different people. The population standard deviations are two pounds and three pounds, respectively. Of interest is whether the liquid diet yields a higher mean weight loss than the powder diet.


A new chocolate bar is taste-tested on consumers. Of interest is whether the proportion of children who like the new chocolate bar is greater than the proportion of adults who like it.


The mean number of English courses taken in a two-year time period by male and female college students is believed to be about the same. An experiment is conducted and data are collected from 9 males and 16 females.


A football league reported that the mean number of touchdowns per game was five. A study is done to determine if the mean number of touchdowns has decreased.


A study is done to determine if students in the California state university system take longer to graduate than students enrolled in private universities. One hundred students from both the California state university system and private universities are surveyed. From years of research, it is known that the population standard deviations are 1.5811 years and 1 year, respectively.


According to a doctor's magazine, 75 percent of senior citizens think that yearly checkups are very important. A study is done to verify this.


According to a recent study, U.S. companies have a mean maternity leave of six weeks.


A recent survey showed an increase in use of prescription medication among local senior citizens as compared to the national percent. Suppose that a survey of 100 local senior citizens and 100 national senior citizens is conducted to see if the proportion of prescription medication use is higher locally than nationally.


A new SAT study course is tested on 12 individuals. Pre-course and post-course scores are recorded. Of interest is the mean increase in SAT scores. The following data are collected:

Pre-course score Post-course score
1 300
960 920
1010 1100
840 880
1100 1070
1250 1320
860 860
1330 1370
790 770
990 1040
1110 1200
740 850
Table 10.35

According to a statistics college professor, 68 percent of his students pass the final exam. A graduate researcher designs a study to determine if this claim is true.


Lesley E. Tan investigated the relationship between left-handedness versus right-handedness and motor competence in preschool children. Random samples of 41 left-handed preschool children and 41 right-handed preschool children were given several tests of motor skills to determine if there is evidence of a difference between the children based on this experiment. The experiment produced the means and standard deviations shown in Table 10.36. Determine the appropriate test and best distribution to use for that test.

  Left-handed Right-handed
Sample size 41 41
Sample mean 97.5 98.1
Sample standard deviation 17.5 19.2
Table 10.36
  1. Two independent means, normal distribution
  2. Two independent means, Student’s t-distribution
  3. Matched or paired samples, Student’s t-distribution
  4. Two population proportions, normal distribution

A golf instructor is interested in determining if her new technique for improving players’ golf scores is effective. She takes four new students. She records their 18-hole scores before learning the technique and after having taken her class. She conducts a hypothesis test. The data are shown in Table 10.37.

  Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4
Mean score before class 83 78 93 87
Mean score after class 80 80 86 86
Table 10.37

This is

  1. a test of two independent means.
  2. a test of two proportions.
  3. a test of a single mean.
  4. a test of a single proportion.