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PSYC 354HOMEWORK 6

Percentiles and Hypothesis Testing with Z-Tests

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Be sure you have reviewed this module/week’s lesson and presentations along with the practice

data analysis before proceeding to the homework exercises. Complete all analyses in SPSS, then

copy and paste your output and graphs into your homework document file. Answer any written

questions (such as the text-based questions or the APA Participants section) in the appropriate

place within the same file.

Part I: Concepts

Questions 1–4

These questions are based on the Nolan and Heinzen reading and

end-of-chapter questions.

Part I: Questions 1-7

End-of-chapter problems:

Answer the following questions.

If applicable, remember to show work in your homework document for partial credit.

1) What are the 6 steps of hypothesis testing?

(State the 6 steps)

A)

B)

C)

D)

E)

F)

2) Using the z table in Appendix B, calculate the following percentages for a z score of

-0.45

2-a) % above this z

score: Answer

2-b) % below this z

score: Answer

Work:

Work:

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2-c) At least as extreme

as this z score (on either

side):

Work:

Answer

3) Rewrite each of the following percentages as probabilities, or p levels:

3-a) 5% = Answer

3-b) 95% = Answer

3-c) 43% = Answer

4) If the critical values, or cutoffs, for a two-tailed z test are -2.05 and +2.05, determine

whether you would reject or fail to reject the null hypothesis in each of the following

cases:

4a) z = 2.23

4b) z = -0.97

5)

Answer

Answer

Imagine a class of twenty-five 12-year-old girls with an average height of 62 inches.

We know that the population mean and standard deviation for this age group of

girls is m=59 inches, s = 1.5 inches. (Note that this is a z statistic problem.)

5a) Calculate the z statistic for this sample (not the z score). Answer

5b) How does this sample mean compare to the distribution of sample means? In other

words, how does the height of the girls in the sample compare to the height of girls in th

general population? Answer

6)

For the following scenarios, identify whether the researcher has expressed a

directional or a nondirectional hypothesis:

6a) Social media has changed the levels of closeness in long-distance relationships.

Answer

6b) A professor wonders whether students who eat a healthy breakfast score better on

exams in morning courses than those who do not eat a healthy breakfast.

Answer

For the following scenario, state the null and research hypotheses in both words and

symbolic notation. Symbolic notation must include the symbols “ ” and “ ” and a

comparison operator (=, ≠ , <, >, ≤ , ≥ ), as described in Nolan and

7)

Heinzen (2014). Remember to consider whether the hypothesis is nondirectional or

directional.

Scenario: A professor wonders whether students who eat a healthy breakfast score

better on exams in morning courses than those who do not eat a healthy breakfast.

Null Hypothesis (H0): Symbolic

Notation

Answer

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Null Hypothesis:

Answer

Written Statement

Research Hypothesis (H1): Symbolic

Notation

Research Hypothesis:

Written Statement

Answer

Answer

Part I: Questions 8a-8g

Fill in the highlighted blanks with the best word or words.

8-a) Values of a test statistic beyond which you reject the null hypothesis are called

________.

8-b)

The ________ is the area in the tails in which the null can be rejected.

The probability used to determine the critical values, or cutoffs, in hypothesis testing

8-c) is known as a ________ level, also known as alpha.

If your data differ from what you would expect if chance were the only thing

8-d) operating, you would call your finding ________.

8-e) A hypothesis test in which the research hypothesis is directional is a(n) ________ test.

8-f)

A hypothesis test in which the research hypothesis specifies that there will be a

difference but does not specify the direction of that difference is a(n) ________ test.

8-g) If your z-statistic exceeds the critical cutoff, you can ________ the null hypothesis.

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Part I: Questions 10a-10c

The police department of a major city has found

that the average height of their 1,200 officers is

71 inches (in.) with = 2.6 inches. Use

the normal distribution and the formulas and

steps in this week’s presentations to answer the

following questions:

Note: Showing work is required for this section. Remember that it helps to transfer the raw

mean and SD from the description above to the standardized curve shown here (though you

don’t need to show this). This helps compare raw and z scores and check your work.

What is the z score for an officer who is 72 inches tall? Based on the z score and

10a) the z table, what is the officer’s percentile? (Hint: See slide 7 of this week’s related

presentation)

Answer (z

Work (required):

score):

Answer

Work/reasoning using z table (required):

(percentile):

10b

)

What is the height (in inches) that marks the 80th percentile for this group of

officers? (Hint: See slides 14-16 of this week’s related presentation)

Answer

Work (required):

10c) What percent of officers are between 68 and 72 inches tall? (Hint: See slide 12 of

this week’s related presentation)

Work (required):

Answer

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Part I: Questions 11a-11c

The verbal part of the Graduate Record Exam

(GRE) has a of 500 and = 100. Use the

normal distribution and the formulas and steps in

this week’s presentations to answer the

following questions:

Note: Showing work is required for this

section. Remember that it helps to transfer the raw mean and SD from the description above to

the standardized curve shown here (though you don’t need to show this). This helps compare

raw and z scores and check your work.

What is the z score for a GRE score of 583?

11a) What is the percentile rank of this z score? (Hint: See slide 7 of this week’s related

presentation)

Answer (z

Work (required):

score):

Answer

Work (required):

(percentile):

What GRE score corresponds to a percentile rank of 25%? (Hint: See slide 17 of

11b) this week’s related presentation)

Answer

Work (required):

If you wanted to select only students at or above the 82nd percentile, what GRE

11c) score would you use as a cutoff score (i.e. what GRE score corresponds to this

percentile)? (Hint: See slides 14-16 of this week’s related presentation)

Answer

Work (required):

Part II: SPSS Analysis

For this section, you will be using last module/week’s data set containing IQ

scores.

Open the file; it should also contain the standardized IQ variable you created

last module/week.

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Part II:

Question 1a & 1b

Use last week’s HW file that you created using IQ scores, and the SPSS reading and

presentation from this week.

Using the z-scored IQ variable, create percentile ranks assuming the scores are

normally distributed.

o Call the new percentile variable “IQ rank.”

1a)

List the first 5 IQ ranks from your file (rows 1–5).

Answer:

Row 1:

Row 2:

Row 3:

Row 4:

Row 5:

1b

)

Which raw IQ score seems to best divide the top 50% from the bottom 50% of

scores?

(This score can be found by looking carefully over the values in the IQ rank column)

Answer

Part III: SPSS Data Entry and Analysis

There is no Part III material this module/week.

Part IV: Cumulative

Data provided below for respective questions.

Part IV: (Non-SPSS)

Questions 1-4

For a distribution with M = 40 and s = 5:

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1)

What is the z-score corresponding to a raw score of 32?

Answer

2)

What is the z-score corresponding to a raw score of 50?

Answer

3)

Work:

If a person has a z-score of 1.8, what is his/her raw score?

Answer

4)

Work:

Work:

If a person has a z-score of -.63, what is his/her raw score?

Answer

Work:

Part IV: (Non-SPSS)

Question 5-8

For the following types of data, state the graph that would be the best choice to display

the data.

Two items have more than one correct answer—for these, either answer is acceptable.

5)

A nominal independent variable (IV) and a scale dependent variable (DV)

Answer

6)

One scale variable with frequencies (when you want to see the general shape of

the distribution).

Answer

7)

One scale IV and one scale DV

Answer

8)

One nominal variable broken down into percentages

Answer

Submit Homework 6 by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 6. Remember to name file

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