MATH101 April 2006
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X is a random variable with probability density function where . Find the median of X.
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The median m is defined as that number, which satisfies
A simple substitution may be helpful to evaluate the integral.
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Probability was not covered this year, hence this is not material for the April 2012 exam.
Since f(x) = 0 for x≤ 0 it follows that m > 0. Now we can directly compute m:
We use the substitution u = x2, du = 2x dx. Then u(0) = 0 and u(m) = m2. Hence
In other words, m satisfies
Note that we can rule out the solution since we already noted that m is positive.
Hence, the solution is .
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