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AP.STATS:

UNC‑3 (EU)

, UNC‑3.B (LO)

what we're going to do in this video is use a graphing calculator to answer some questions dealing with binomial random variables and this is useful because if you're taking the AP stats the Advanced Placement statistics test you are allowed to use a graphing calculator and so this could actually save you significant time so it says here I have a 0.35 probability of making a free throw what is the probability of making four out of seven free throws well this is a classic binomial random variable question if we said the binomial random variable random variable X is equal to number of made free throws from seven I could say seven trials or seven shots seven trials with the probability of success is equal to 0.35 for each free throw so really this question amounts to what is the probability that my binomial random variable X is equal to four now what we're going to see is we can use a function on our ti-84 not named binome C or binompdf I should say binome PDF which is short for binomial probability distribution function and what you're going to want to do here is use three arguments so the first one is the number of trials so in this case it is seven and if you're doing it on the free response section of the AP test you should make it very clear that that right over there is your n that's like the graders will actually look for that to make sure that you're not just you know guessing what goes where so you would say that is my n and then you would say your probability 0.35 and once again if you're taking the test you should mark that that is your P and then last but not least what is the probability that a binomial variable when you're taking seven trials with the probability of success of each of them being 0.35 that you have exactly four successes so now let's get our calculator out and actually do that all right so now we have our graphing calculator out so there's a couple of ways to input this you could just type it into correctly that could take time you could do second and this little blue distribution here so there you have it in order to get to the function you could either scroll down or you could scroll up to get to the bottom of the list and you see it right over here binompdf you could do alpha a to go there really fast or you could just scroll up here click enter and then you have you at the number of trials that you want to deal with well we're gonna take seven trials the probability of success in each trial is 0.35 and then my x value well i want to find the probability that my binomial random variable is equal to 4 for successes out of the trials and now let me go to paste and this is actually going to type in exactly what we had before notice this is the exact same thing so I have seven trials P is equal to 0.35 and I wanna know the probability of having exactly four successes and then I just click enter and I get there you go 0.14 so this is equal to approximately 0.14 now based on these the same binomial random variable if we're then asked what is the probability of making less than five free throws so we could say this is the probability that X is less than five or we could say this is the probability that X is less than or equal to four and the reason why I write it this way is because using it this way you can now use the binomial cumulative distribution function on my calculator so if I just type in binome and once again I'm going to take seven or binome CDF I should say cumulative distribution function and I'm gonna take seven trials and the probability of success in each trial is 0.35 and now when I type in four here it doesn't mean what is the probability that I make exactly four free-throws it is the probability that I make zero one two three or four free-throws so all of the possible outcomes of my binomial random variable up to including this value right over here so let me get that let me get my calculator back so once again I can go to the second distribution I'll scroll up to go to the bottom of list and here you see it binomial cumulative distribution function so let me go there click enter and once again seven trials my P is 0.35 and my x value is four but now this is going to be giving me the probability that I that my binomial random variable equals four this is going to give me the probability that I get any value up to and including four so this should be a higher probability and there you have it it is zero approximately zero point nine four so this is approximately zero point nine four so hopefully you found that helpful these calculators can be very useful especially on something like an AP stats exam