Answer to Question #191078 in Civil and Environmental Engineering for Joshua

Question #191078

The average grade for an exam is 74, and the standard deviation is 7. If 12% of the class is given grade A, and the grades are curved to follow a normal distribution, what is the lowest possible grade A?

Expert's answer

Standard Normal Distribution Table will be used to find the value of z for the required percentile. Supposed 12% of the class are to be awarded A's then z value is obtained at the 88th percentile from the Standard Normal Probability Table as follows .

0.8810 provides z= 1.18

then the neceresry score is obtained by setting

z= "\\frac{x-the average}{standard deviation}"

x= the score to calculated

1.18= "\\frac{x-74}{7}"

x= "({1.18\\times7})+ 74 = 82.26" ( rounded down)

x= 82 is the score required to receive an A.

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