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RICS SBE, SCHOOL OF CONSTRUCTION

MBA CPM / CEQS (2015-17 Batch)

Research Methods for Construction- I Assignment- 3


Instructions:
Hand written assignment
Show proper steps while answering questions
Solve the assignment only in the Subject Notebook, No separate Submission of Assignment
Need to be completed by 03/04/2016
Submission of Notebooks after the deadline in Tutorial Class
1. The AMITY University is considering raising tuition to improve school facilities, and they
want to determine what percentage of students are in favor of increasing the fee. The
university needs to be 90 percent confident. The estimation o within 2 percent of the true
value. How large a sample is needed to guarantee this accuracy regardless of the true
percentage?

2. For a sample of 60 women taken from a population of over 5,000 enrolled in a weight-
reducing program at a nationwide chain of health spas, the sample mean diastolic blood
pressure is 101 and the sample standard deviation is 42. At a significance level of 0.02,
on average, did the women enrolled in the program have diastolic blood pressure that
exceeds the value of 75?

3. A coal-fired power plant is considering two different systems for pollution abatement. The
first system has reduced the emission of pollutants to acceptable levels 68 percent of the
time, as determined from 200 air samples. The second, more expensive system has reduced
the emission of pollutants to acceptable levels 76 percent of the time, as determined from
250 air samples. If the expensive system is significantly more effective than the
inexpensive system in reducing pollutants to acceptable levels, then the management of the
power plant will install the expensive system. Which system will be installed if
management uses a significance level of 0.02 in making its decision?

4. The Greater Noida Department of Transportation has claimed that at most, 18 percent of
passenger cars exceed 70 mph on Interstate 40 between Gr. Noida and Delhi. A random
sample of 300 cars found 48 cars exceeding 70 mph. What is the probability value for a
test of hypothesis seeking to show the GNDOTs claim is correct?

5. BullsEye Discount store has always prided itself on customer service. The store hopes that
all BullsEye stores are providing the same level of service from coast to coast, so they
have surveyed some customers. In the Southeast region, a random sample of 97 customers
yielded an average overall satisfaction rating of 8.8 out of 10 and the sample standard
deviation was 0.7. In the Northeast region, a random sample of 84 customers resulted in
an average rating of 9.0 and the sample standard deviation was 0.6. Can BullsEye
conclude, at significance level 0.05, that the levels of customer satisfaction in the two
markets are significantly different?
6. A car retailer thinks that a 40,000-mile claim for tire life by the manufacturer is too high.
She carefully records the mileage obtained from a sample of 64 such tires. The mean turns
out to be 38,500 miles. The standard deviation of the life of all tires of this type has
previously been calculated by the manufacturer to be 7,600 miles. Assuming that the
mileage is normally distributed, determine the largest significance level at which we would
accept the manufacturers mileage claim, that is, at which we would not conclude the
mileage is significantly less than 40,000 miles.

7. A grocery store has specially packaged oranges and has claimed a bag of oranges will yield
2.5 quarts of juice. After randomly selecting 42 bags, a stacker found the average juice
production per bag to be 2.2 quarts. Historically, we know the population standard
deviation is 0.2 quart. Using this sample and a decision criterion of 2.5 standard errors,
could we conclude the stores claims are correct?

For the following cases, specify which probability distribution, to use in a hypothesis test:
(a) H0: 15, H1: 15, x 14.8, 3.0, n 35.
(b) H0: 9.9, H1: 9.9, x 10.6, 2.3, n 16.
8. (c) H0: 42, H1: > 42, x 44, 4.0, n 10.
(d) H0: 148, H1: > 148, x 152, 16.4, n 29.
(e) H0: 8.6, H1: < 8.6, x 8.5, 0.15, n 24.

9. Generally Electric has developed a new bulb whose design specifications call for a light
output of 960 lumens compared to an earlier model that produced only 750 lumens. The
companys data indicate that the standard deviation of light output for this type of bulb is
18.4 lumens. From a sample of 20 new bulbs, the testing committee found an average light
output of 954 lumens per bulb. At a 0.05 significance level, can Generally Electric conclude
that its new bulb is producing the specified 960 lumen output?