# 6.4: Applications of Variance and Standard Deviation

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**Practice**Applications of Variance and Standard Deviation

This semester you decided to join the school’s bowling league for the first time. Having never bowled previously, you're very anxious to find out what your bowling average is for the semester. If your average is comparable to that of the other students, you'll be able to join the league again next semester. Your coach has told you that your mean score is 70. How can you find out how your results compare to those of the other members of the league?

### Watch This

First watch this video to learn about applications of variance and standard deviation.

CK-12 Foundation: Chapter6ApplicationsofVarianceandStandardDeviationA

Then watch this video to see some examples.

CK-12 Foundation: Chapter6ApplicationsofVarianceandStandardDeviationB

### Guidance

Your coach has decided to let you figure this out for yourself. He tells you that the scores were normally distributed and provides you with a list of the other mean scores. These average scores are in no particular order. In other words, they are random.

\begin{align*}& 54 \quad 88 \quad 49 \quad 44 \quad \ 96 \quad 72 \quad 46 \quad 58 \quad 79\\
& 92 \quad 44 \quad 50 \quad 102 \quad 80 \quad 72 \quad 66 \quad 64 \quad 61\\
& 60 \quad 56 \quad 48 \quad 52 \quad \ 54 \quad 60 \quad 64 \quad 72 \quad 68\\
& 64 \quad 60 \quad 56 \quad 52 \quad \ 55 \quad 60 \quad 62 \quad 64 \quad 68\end{align*}

We will discover how your mean bowling score compares to that of the other bowlers in the following example.

#### Example A

Use technology to determine the mean and standard deviation of the following bowling averages, which represent a small population.

\begin{align*}& 54 \quad 88 \quad 49 \quad 44 \quad \ 96 \quad 72 \quad 46 \quad 58 \quad 79\\
& 92 \quad 44 \quad 50 \quad 102 \ \ \ 80 \quad 72 \quad 66 \quad 64 \quad 61\\
& 60 \quad 56 \quad 48 \quad 52 \quad \ 54 \quad 60 \quad 64 \quad 72 \quad 68\\
& 64 \quad 60 \quad 56 \quad 52 \quad \ 55 \quad 60 \quad 62 \quad 64 \quad 68\end{align*}

From the list, you can see that the mean of the bowling averages is approximately 63.7 and that the standard deviation is approximately 14.1.

Now you can represent the data that your teacher gave to you for the bowling averages of the players in your league on a **normal distribution curve**. Again, the mean bowling score was 63.7, and the standard deviation was 14.1.

From the normal distribution curve, you can see that your average bowling score of 70 is within 1 standard deviation of the mean. You can also see that 68% of all the data is within 1 standard deviation of the mean, so you did very well bowling this semester. You should definitely return to the league next semester.

#### Example B

Use technology to determine the variance of the bowling averages in Example A.

To use technology to calculate the variance involves naming the lists according to the operations that you need to do in order to determine the correct values. In addition, you can use the CATALOG menu of the calculator to determine the sum of the squared variations. You could also use the CATALOG menu to find the mean of the data, but since you are now familiar with 1-Var Stats, you can use this method.

The mean of the data is approximately 63.7. L2 will now be renamed \begin{align*}\text{L1} - 63.7\end{align*}

Likewise, L3 will be renamed \begin{align*}\text{L2}^2\end{align*}

The sum of the values in L3 divided by the number of data values (36) is the variance of the bowling averages.

#### Example C

Use technology to verify that the answer in Example B is correct.

Although it was not explicitly stated, you may have noticed from the previous 2 concepts that the standard deviation of a data set is just the square root of the variance of the data set. Another way of saying this is that variance of a data set is the square of the standard deviation of the data set. Therefore, in order to find the variance of the bowling averages in Example B, you could have just squared the standard deviation of the bowling averages that you found in Example A.

You can see above that the exact value returned for the standard deviation of the bowling averages was 14.08703107. Let's square this value and see what we get:

The calculator returned 198.4444444, which is extremely close to the answer of 198.4455556 that we got in Example B. In fact, the only reason why these 2 answers are different at all is simply because of rounding.

### Guided Practice

Justin scored 84 out of 100 on a test, and he wants to know how his score compares to those of the other students in his class. His teacher has decided to let him figure this out for himself. Justin's teacher told him that the test scores were normally distributed and provided him with a list of the other test scores, which represented a small population. These test scores were in no particular order. In other words, they were random.

Use technology to find the mean, standard deviation, and variance of these test scores, which were as follows:

\begin{align*}& 74 \quad 68 \quad 79 \quad 84 \quad \ 92 \quad 82 \quad 55 \quad 77 \quad 91\\
& 100 \quad 84 \quad 80 \quad 99 \quad 74 \quad 59 \quad 88 \quad 89 \quad 53\\
& 70 \quad 86 \quad 77 \quad 100 \quad \ 94 \quad 90 \quad 88 \quad 83 \quad 93\\
& 62 \quad 69 \quad 96 \quad 85 \quad \ 75 \quad 90 \quad 81 \quad 71 \quad 73\end{align*}

**Answer:**

To find the mean, variance, and standard deviation of these test scores, first press \begin{align*}\boxed{\text{STAT}}\end{align*}

Next, press \begin{align*}\boxed{\text{STAT}}\end{align*}

After pressing \begin{align*}\boxed{\text{ENTER}}\end{align*}

You can see that the mean of the test scores was approximately 80.9, while the standard deviation was approximately 12.1. This means that Justin's test score was less than 1 standard deviation above the mean. To calculate the variance of the test scores, square the exact value of the standard deviation, which is 12.09488592. This can be done as follows:

Therefore, the variance of the test scores was approximately 146.3.

### Interactive Practice

### Practice

- If the standard deviation of a population is 6, the population variance is:
- 2.44
- 3
- 6
- 36

- If the variance of a sample is 25, the sample standard deviation is:
- 5
- 25
- 125
- 625

- Suppose data are normally distributed, with a mean of 50 and a standard deviation of 10. What would be the variance?
- 10
- 40
- 50
- 100

- Suppose data in a population are normally distributed, with a variance of 64. What would be the population standard deviation?
- 4
- 8
- 16
- 64

- What is the population variance of the following data values? \begin{align*}40 \qquad 38 \qquad 42 \qquad 47 \qquad 35\end{align*}
4038424735 - 4.03
- 4.51
- 16.24
- 20.34

- What is the sample variance of the following data values? \begin{align*}114 \qquad 120 \qquad 138 \qquad 125 \qquad 119\end{align*}
114120138125119 - 8.18
- 9.15
- 66.96
- 83.7

- What is the population standard deviation of the following data values? \begin{align*}3.3 \qquad 2.9 \qquad 8.5 \qquad 11.5\end{align*}
3.32.98.511.5 - 3.61
- 4.17
- 6.55
- 13.52

- What is the sample standard deviation of the following data values? \begin{align*}34.2 \qquad 40.1 \qquad 31.9 \qquad 44.8\end{align*}
34.240.131.944.8 - 5.05
- 5.83
- 25.51
- 34.02

- Mrs. Meery has recorded her exam results for the current mathematics exam. The results are shown below: \begin{align*}& 64 \quad 98 \quad 78 \quad 76 \quad 56 \quad 48 \quad 89 \quad 78 \quad 69 \quad 90 \quad 89\\
& 97 \quad 67 \quad 58 \quad 59 \quad 50 \quad 78 \quad 89 \quad 68 \quad 83 \quad 72 \quad 91\end{align*}
64987876564889786990899767585950788968837291 (a) Determine the mean for this data with technology. (b) Determine the standard deviation for this data with technology. (c) Determine the variance for this data with technology. (d) Draw a normal distribution curve to represent the data Mrs. Meery found in her class. - Mrs. Landry decided to do the same analysis as Mrs. Meery for her math class. She has recorded her exam results for the current mathematics exam. The results are shown below: \begin{align*}& 89 \quad 87 \quad 81 \quad 84 \quad 76 \quad 72 \quad 67 \quad 49 \quad 55 \quad 38 \quad 67 \quad 90 \quad 59\\
& 87 \quad 89 \quad 69 \quad 92 \quad 90 \quad 79 \quad 84 \quad 69 \quad 93 \quad 85 \quad 70 \quad 87 \quad 80\end{align*}
8987818476726749553867905987896992907984699385708780 (a) Determine the mean for this data with technology. (b) Determine the standard deviation for this data with technology. (c) Determine the variance for this data with technology. (d) Draw a normal distribution curve to represent the data Mrs. Landry found in her class.

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disseminated data |
Disseminated data is data that has been given out to others. |

normal distribution curve |
A normal distribution curve is a symmetrical curve that shows the highest frequency in the center with an identical curve on either side of the center. |

tabular data |
Tabular data is data presented in the form of a table, or, depending on the use, it may refer to data points separated by tabs. |

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Here you'll learn how to use a Texas Instruments calculator to calculate the variance and standard deviation of a data set.