Problems from past Fnal exams
) The paragraph below is taken from an article in the San ±rancisco
Chronicle of Tuesday, March 21, 1995. The person quoted in the article is Patrick
Portway, executive director of the United States Distance Learning Association in
San Ramon, California.
Studies of high school students who took German by satellite from teachers at
Oklahoma State University found that they consistently outperformed students
taking German at their own schools, Portway noted. ”The reason is that the
instructor is a college German teacher.
He uses music videos, German cultural
Flms, all the media that every teacher would love to have. He has $7.5 million
TV studio at his Fngertips.
Before accepting Mr. Portway’s reason, what question should you ask him?
State the question, and explain why it is relevant.
) The quotation below is taken from an article in the San ±rancisco Chron-
icle of July 17, 1995. The department mentioned in the quote is the Justice Depart-
ment. Some words and numbers have been left out.
In a study of state civil suits in the nation’s 75 largest counties, the department’s
Bureau of Justice Statistics found that in 1992 there were 762,000 civil suits
involving torts. contracts and real property rights.
Punitive damages were
awarded in only 364 cases, the study found . . .
. . . The ___________________________ award was about___________________,
brought ___________________ from the __________________________________
award of ______________ by few ________________awards.
The missing works and numbers are somewhere in the following list:
average, median, up, down, large, small, $50,000, $735,000.
±ill in the blanks to complete the sentences. Explain your reasoning brieﬂy.
) The average height in a group of 1,000 men is 70.5 inches; the SD
is 3 inches. The histogram follows the normal curve closely.
(a) How many men in the group have heights in the range from 72 inches to 76
(b) ±ind, approximately, the 40th percentile of height in this group.