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CAN YOU WRITE THOSE HYPOTHESES? AP Statistics

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Shavell reads a newspaper report claiming that 12% of all adults in the U.S. are left- handed. He wonders if 12% of the students at Fenger are left-handed. Shavell chooses an SRS of 100 students and records whether each student is right- or left-handed.

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A Gallup Poll report on a national survey of 1028 teenagers revealed that 72% of teens said they rarely or never argue with their friends. Deontae wonders whether this national result would be true at Fenger, so he surveys a random sample of 150 students at Fenger.

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The Survey of Study Habits and Attitudes (SSHA) is a psychological test that measures students’ attitudes toward school and study habits. Scores range from 0 to 200. The mean score for U.S. college students is about 115. Mr. Towns thinks that older students have better attitudes toward school. He gives the SSHA to an SRS of 45 of the 700 students at Fenger to test this.

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Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to body tissues. People with less than 12 grams of hemoglobin per deciliter of blood (g/dl) are anemic. A public health official in Jordan suspects that Jordanian children are at risk of anemia. He measures a random sample of 50 children.

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During the winter months, the temperatures at the Colorado cabin owned by the Starnes family can stay well below freezing. To prevent the pipes from freezing, Mrs. Starnes sets the thermostat to “above freezing”. The manufacturer claims that the thermostat allows variation in home temperature of σ = 3 degrees. Mrs. Starnes suspects that the manufacturer is overstating how well the thermostat works.

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What’s Wrong with Those Hypotheses? Or Is there Anything Wrong with Them?

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