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```GG 313 Homework 4 Due 9/20/05
1. Water samples from two rivers have been analyzed for Mercury
contamination. The following are the results of the analysis (in ppm):
River A : 8.6 10.5 9.2 9.4 8.9 8.3 10.9 10.0.
River B : 10.6 11.2 12.1 11.5 12.6 10.1 10.8 12.1 11.4.
(a) At the 95% confidence, do these samples have the same standard
deviations?
(b) At the 95%confidence, do these samples support the hypothesis that
the average mercury contamination is higher in river B than in river
A? Note that you can use matlab to calculate the mean and standard
deviation. If x is a vector of values (e.g., x=[8.6 10.5 9.2 9.4 8.9 8.3
10.9 10.0]), mean(x) will calculate the mean and std(x) will calculate
the standard deviation. Type help mean and help std to get more
information.
2. Seamount densities in 6 areas are proposed to come from a single random
process with equal probability in each area. The areas are surveyed, and the
following numbers of seamounts are obtained in each: 1 had 121, 2 had 107,