# Z-values and probability

#### chickennugget

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Suppose concentration of arsenic (in ppb) in groundwater sampled quarterly from a particular well can be modeled with a normal distribution with a mean of 5 and a standard deviation of 1.

a) What is the probability that a single observation will be given greater than 7ppb?

[math]z =5-7 / 1 = 2[/math] And since we want greater than the probability would be 2.28.

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What I'm confused on is the second part!
b)What is the probability that the average of four observations will be greater than 7 ppb?

So now, I have to take into account n, so the formula shifts from
[math]z =Xi-7/ sd [/math] to [math]z =xbar-7 / [sd/sqrt(n)] [/math]

[math]z =5-7 /[1/sqrt(4)]= -4 [/math] Therefore, the probability is 100?
Which doesn't make sense at all.

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