Suppose *X* is a random variable with a distribution that may be **known or unknown** (it can be any distribution) and suppose:

*μ*= the mean of_{X}*Χ**σ*= the standard deviation of_{Χ}*X*

If you draw random samples of size *n*, then as *n* increases, the random variable Σ*X* consisting of sums tends to be normally distributed and Σ*Χ* ~ *N*[(*n*)(*μ _{Χ}*), ($\sqrt{n}$)(

*σ*)].

_{Χ}**The** central limit theorem for sums says that if you keep drawing larger and larger samples and taking their sums, the sums form their own normal distribution (the sampling distribution), which approaches a normal distribution as the sample size increases. *The normal distribution has a mean equal to the original mean multiplied by the sample size and a standard deviation equal to the original standard deviation multiplied by the square root of the sample size.*

The random variable Σ*X* has the following *z*-score associated with it:

- Σ
*x*is one sum. - $z\text{=}\frac{\Sigma x\u2013(n)({\mu}_{X})}{(\sqrt{n})({\sigma}_{X})}$
- (
*n*)(*μ*) = mean of Σ_{X}*X* - $(\sqrt{n})({\sigma}_{X})$ = standard deviation of $\Sigma X$

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### Using the TI-83, 83+, 84, 84+ Calculator

To find probabilities for sums on the calculator, follow these steps:

2^{nd} `DISTR`

2:`normalcdf`

`normalcdf`

(lower value of the area, upper value of the area, (*n*)(mean), ($\sqrt{n}$)(standard deviation))

where,

*mean*is the mean of the original distribution,*standard deviation*is the standard deviation of the original distribution, and*sample size*= n.

### Example 7.5

An unknown distribution has a mean of 90 and a standard deviation of 15. A sample of size 80 is drawn randomly from the population.

- Find the probability that the sum of the 80 values (or the total of the 80 values) is more than 7,500.
- Find the sum that is 1.5 standard deviations above the mean of the sums.

An unknown distribution has a mean of 45 and a standard deviation of 8. A sample size of 50 is drawn randomly from the population. Find the probability that the sum of the 50 values is more than 2,400.

### Using the TI-83, 83+, 84, 84+ Calculator

To find percentiles for sums on the calculator, follow these steps:

2^{nd} DIStR

3:invNorm
*k* = invNorm (area to the left of *k*, (*n*)(mean), $\text{(}\sqrt{n})$(standard deviation))

where,

*k*is the*k*^{th}percentile,*mean*is the mean of the original distribution,*standard deviation*is the standard deviation of the original distribution, and*sample size*=*n*.

### Example 7.6

In a recent study reported Oct. 29, 2012, the mean age of tablet users is 34 years. Suppose the standard deviation is 15 years. The sample size is 50.

- What are the mean and standard deviation for the sum of the ages of tablet users? What is the distribution?
- Find the probability that the sum of the ages is between 1,500 and 1,800 years.
- Find the 80
^{th}percentile for the sum of the 50 ages.

In a recent study reported Oct.29, 2012, the mean age of tablet users is 35 years. Suppose the standard deviation is 10 years. The sample size is 39.

- What are the mean and standard deviation for the sum of the ages of tablet users? What is the distribution?
- Find the probability that the sum of the ages is between 1,400 and 1,500 years.
- Find the 90
^{th}percentile for the sum of the 39 ages.

### Example 7.7

The mean number of minutes for app engagement by a tablet user is 8.2 minutes. Suppose the standard deviation is one minute. Take a sample size of 70.

- What are the mean and standard deviation for the sums?
- Find the 95
^{th}percentile for the sum of the sample. Interpret this value in a complete sentence. - Find the probability that the sum of the sample is at least 10 hours.

The mean number of minutes for app engagement by a tablet user is 8.2 minutes. Suppose the standard deviation is one minute. Take a sample size of 70.

- What is the probability that the sum of the sample is between seven hours and 10 hours? What does this mean in context of the problem?
- Find the 84
^{th}and 16^{th}percentiles for the sum of the sample. Interpret these values in context.