Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH105/April 2013/Question 01 (m)
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Question 01 (m) 

ShortAnswer Questions. Put your answer in the box provided but show your work also. Each question is worth 3 marks, but not all questions are of equal difficulty. Compute the cumulative distribution function corresponding to the probability density function 
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Hint 1 

How do you define the cumulative distribution function in terms of the probability density function? 
Hint 2 

Remember that the cumulative distribution function, , is defined in terms of the probability density function, , as follows: 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Remember that the cumulative distribution function, , is defined in terms of the probability density function, , as follows: Hence, to determine the cumulative distribution function for the given probability density function is a matter of plugging the particular density function into the definition. (Remember that since the given density function is only defined for , we can assume that the density function evaluates to 0 for all ): Therefore, the cumulative distribution is 