Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH103/April 2015/Question 07 (a)
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Question 07 (a) 

Consider the Normal (or Gaussian) probability density function (pdf ) given by for . (a) Find the mean . 
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Hint 

When a probability density function is given, the formula for the mean value is

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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Using the Hint, the mean is The last inequality follows from the parity of the integrand. Indeed, is odd and is even, so that the integrand is an odd function. The answer: . 
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