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There are many problems throughout the text labeled IN YOUR OWN WORDS. These true and false questions are designed to test your basic understanding of the material of this section. Just relax; do not be afraid to give your opinion, but you should do so only after reading this section.
These problems are designed to help you estimate expectations. Don’t be afraid to guess, check, and then revise, if necessary.
Use Figure 13.5 to determine the number of success, and note that there are 36 total possibilities. Finally use the definition of expectation to multiply the amount to be received times the probability of receiving it to find the mathematical expectation.
Use the definition of expectation to multiply the amount to be received times the probability of receiving it to find the mathematical expectation as shown in Example 1.
If there is more than one prize, add the expectation for each prize as shown in Example 2.
The mathematical expectation is a fair price to pay for this game.
For contests with multiple prizes, find the sum of each of the individual expectations as shown in Example 4.
Use the definition of mathematical expectation; see Example 8.
In finding the requested expectation, first estimate the portion (written as a fraction) of the circle for each payoff , and then multiply the payoff times that fraction. Do this for each portion and add the results to find the expectation.
In finding the requested expectation, first estimate the portion (written as a fraction) of the rectangle for each payoff , and then multiply the payoff times that fraction. Do this for each portion and add the results to find the expectation.
The number of successes is easy (it is one number), but what is the total number of possibilities? Is is 999 or is it 1,000? After deciding, use the definition of expectation as shown in Example 1.
With multiple prizes, find the sum of the expectations for each prize as shown in Example 4.
Use the definition of mathematical expectation; see Example 7.
With multiple prizes, add the sum of the individual expectations.
In these problems, you are finding the expected value. For Problem 47, the expected height is found by multiplying the height and the probability for each table entry. Then add these products as shown in Example 5.
This is an interesting example from a real life sweepstakes. Use the definition of mathematical expectation; see Example 4.
This game has a cost of playing, so don’t forget to subtract that cost as shown in Example 6. After you find this expected profit, answer the question that is asked.