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Question 05 (a) 

A professor never finishes his class on time. The time of delay is given by the probability density function You can use the facts that and . (a) What is the constant k? 
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Hint 

For p to be a probability density function it needs to satisfy two conditions:
Choose k such that both conditions are fulfilled. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. In order to satisfy the second condition given in the hint, we must have the following equality hold: However, this is easy enough to solve, especially if we remember that . hence . (Or , we used .) 