Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH103/April 2013/Question 06 (b)
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Question 06 (b) 

Light Show on the Dance Floor A laser is mounted 2m above the floor (see sketch) and its beam is directed along a straight line on the dance floor. For visual effects, the angle changes periodically and randomly. The angle is chosen uniformly in the interval , that is, the probability density function (pdf) is for and zero elsewhere. Find the probability density function (pdf) for of the xcoordinate of the laser point on the floor. 
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Hint 1 

What is the relationship between the cdf in terms of x and the pdf in terms of x. 
Hint 2 

The pdf in terms of x is just the derivative of the cdf in terms of x. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Taking the derivative of the cdf found in part a we have completing the question. 