Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH103/April 2012/Question 05 (b)
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Question 05 (b) 

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 . (b) What is the average delay? 
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Hint 1 

The average of a random variable X with probability density function p(t) is given by 
Hint 2 

Using the solution to Problem 5a, along with hint 1 for this problem, we have that the mean should be given by: Substitute to evaluate the integral. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Using the value of k we found in the previous question, and the formula for the mean given in the hint, we know the mean is found using the following integral. We can then solve the integral to find the mean.
