2013 A-level H1 Mathematics (8864) Question 10 Suggested Solutions

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(i)

H_0: \mu = 12

H_1: \mu \ne 12

Under H_0, \bar{X} ~\sim~ \mathrm{N} (12, \frac{0.8^{2}}{20})

For H_0 to be not rejected at 5% level of significance, then

-1.95996 < \frac{m-12}{0.8/ \sqrt{20}} < 1.95996

\therefore, \{m \in \mathbb{R} |11.6 < m < 12.4\}

(ii)

H_0: \mu = 12

H_1: \mu < 12

Under H_0, \bar{X} ~\sim~ \mathrm{N} (12, \frac{0.8^{2}}{40})

From the graphing calculator, p-value = 0.02405 <  0.05, we reject H_0.

Thus, there is sufficient evidence at 5% level of significant to conclude that the mean salt content has been reduced.

KS Comments

Read carefully that it is two-tailed and perform the test. Bare in mind to leave answers in set notation.

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