A vending machine dispenses coffee into an eight-ounce cup. The amounts of coffee dispensed into...

Patricia Crane

Patricia Crane

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2022-01-12

A vending machine dispenses coffee into an eight-ounce cup. The amounts of coffee dispensed into the cup are normally distributed, with a standard deviation of 0.03 ounce. You can allow the cup to overflow 1% of the time. What amount should you set as the mean amount of coffee to be dispensed?

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Cheryl King

Cheryl King

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2022-01-13Added 36 answers

So,
x=Ounces of cup=8 
σ=Standard deviation=0.03 
One-tenth of one percent (tenth) of the data values in the top 1% are larger than the cutoff threshold and thus 100%1%=99% are less than the cutoff threshold for the data.
The z-score corresponding to an area of 99% or 0.99 or the nearest area will be found using the standard normal table in the appendix.
The value 0.99 in the appendix's standard normal table is the closest to 0.9901, as noted.
The value.9901, which has a z-score of 2.33, is given in the row beginning with 2.3 and the column beginning with.03.
z=2.33 
The z-score is defined as the value of x divided by the mean and the standard deviation, though, as we also know.
z=xμσ 
μ=xzσ Solve to μ 
=8(2.33)(0.03) Substitute 
=7.9301 
As a result, the average volume of coffee to be delivered is 7.9301 ounces, meaning that the 8-ounce cup will typically overflow 1% of the time.

Juan Spiller

Juan Spiller

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2022-01-14Added 38 answers

Step 1
The amounts of coffee dispensed into the cup follow normal distribution with standard deviation 0.03 ounces. Also, the vending machine dispenses coffee into an eight-ounce cup and the cup to overflow is 1% of the time.
The random variable x represents the amounts of coffee dispensed.
The cup to overflow is 1% of the time represents the area of 0.01 to the right of x.
Thus, P(X<x)=0.99
P(Xμσ<xμσ)=0.99 (by standardizing)
P(Z<xμσ)=0.99
Φ(xμσ)=0.99
Find the value 0.99 from the body of the standard normal table. The value is approximately 2.33.
Step 2
Φ(2.33)=0.99.
Thus,
Φ(xμσ)=Φ(2.33)
xμσ=2.33
x=μ+2.33(σ)
Substitute μ=8 and σ=0.03.
x=8+2.33(0.03)
=8.0699
The value can be also obtained using the Excel formula, =NORM.INV(0.99,8,0.03) as 8.0698.
Thus, the amount that should be set as the mean amount of coffee to be dispensed is 8.07 ounces.

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