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Looking at my answers, I was am always off buy about range of .1
to .4 from the correct answer that is stated. I am having a really
tough time trying to figure out how to get my number to be exactly
like what is shown as correct so I need a little help with figuring
out what I am doing wrong. Here is an example of a question I just
cant seem to figure out. I'll show all my steps and let me know
what I am doing wrong please

Construct a 90% confidence interval to estimate the
population mean using the data below.

x̅ =50 σ=10 n=20 N=200

The 90% confidence interval for the population mean is
(___, ___)

(Round to two decimal places as needed.)

My steps:

UCL_{x̅} = x̅ + (critical z-value)(σ_{x̅})

LCL_{x̅} = x̅ - (critical z-value)(σ_{x̅})

So I find σx̅

σ_{x̅} = σ/√n σ_{x̅} = 10/√20 = 2.236

Finding Critical z - value

α = (1 - confidence interval) then divide by 2 (1 - .90)/2 = .05
then using technology I find the z-value of .05 = 1.645

Plug it all in

50 + (1.645)(2.236) = 53.68

50 - (1.645)(2.236) = 46.32

I then have an answer that the 90% confidence interval for the population mean is (46.32, 53.68) which is incorrect. The correct answer shown is (46.50, 53.50) but I am unsure how to get this interval. Could someone work this out and show me the steps on how to get the correct interval please?

Answer #1

**Note:** The 90% confidence interval is (46.3217 ,
53.6783) . Your answer and all the steps are correct. There may be
some error in the given data or the answer.

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x̅ =50, σ=10 and n=20

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