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  • For the following problems, recall that value = mean + (#ofSTDEVs)(standard deviation)
  • For a sample: x = x + (#ofSTDEVs)(s)
  • For a population: x = μ + (#ofSTDEVs)( σ )
  • For this example, use x = x + (#ofSTDEVs)(s) because the data is from a sample

Find the value that is 1 standard deviation above the mean. Find ( x ¯ + 1 s ) .

( x ¯ + 1 s ) = 10.53 + ( 1 ) ( 0.72 ) = 11.25

Find the value that is two standard deviations below the mean. Find ( x ¯ - 2 s ) .

( x ¯ - 2 s ) = 10.53 - ( 2 ) ( 0.72 ) = 9.09

Find the values that are 1.5 standard deviations from (below and above) the mean.

  • ( x ¯ - 1.5 s ) = 10.53 - ( 1.5 ) ( 0.72 ) = 9.45
  • ( x ¯ + 1.5 s ) = 10.53 + ( 1.5 ) ( 0.72 ) = 11.61

Explanation of the standard deviation calculation shown in the table

The deviations show how spread out the data are about the mean. The data value 11.5 is farther from the mean than is the data value 11. The deviations 0.97 and 0.47 indicate that. A positive deviation occurs when the data value is greater than the mean. A negative deviation occurs when the data value is less than the mean; the deviation is -1.525 for the data value 9. If you add the deviations, the sum is always zero . (For this example, there are n=20 deviations.) So you cannot simply add the deviations to get the spread of the data. By squaring the deviations, you make them positive numbers, and the sum will also be positive. The variance, then, is the average squared deviation.

The variance is a squared measure and does not have the same units as the data. Taking the square root solves the problem. The standard deviation measures the spread in the same units as the data.

Notice that instead of dividing by n=20, the calculation divided by n-1=20-1=19 because the data is a sample. For the sample variance, we divide by the sample size minus one ( n-1 ). Why not divide by n ? The answer has to do with the population variance. The sample variance is an estimate of the population variance. Based on the theoretical mathematics that lies behind these calculations, dividing by (n-1) gives a better estimate of the population variance.

Your concentration should be on what the standard deviation tells us about the data. The standard deviation is a number which measures how far the data are spread from the mean. Let a calculator or computer do the arithmetic.

The standard deviation, s or σ , is either zero or larger than zero. When the standard deviation is 0, there is no spread; that is, the all the data values are equal to each other. The standard deviation is small when the data are all concentrated close to the mean, and is larger when the data values show more variation from the mean. When the standard deviation is a lot larger than zero, the data values are very spread out about the mean; outliers can make s or σ very large.

The standard deviation, when first presented, can seem unclear. By graphing your data, you can get a better "feel" for the deviations and the standard deviation. You will find that in symmetrical distributions, the standard deviation can be very helpful but in skewed distributions, the standard deviation may not be much help. The reason is that the two sides of a skewed distribution have different spreads. In a skewed distribution, it is better to look at the first quartile, the median, the third quartile, the smallest value, and the largest value. Because numbers can be confusing, always graph your data .

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That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
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