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    Expected Value

    Suppose that a point is chosen at random on a stick that has length 15 inches, and that the stick is broken into two pieces at that point. Find the expected value of the lengths of the two pieces.

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    does random mean uniform?

    if so then, let X\sim U(0,15) be where we cut this stick.

    so the lengths are X and 15-X.

    Since E(X)=15/2 we have

    E(X)=15/2 and E(15-X)=15-E(X)=15-15/2=15/2 as the two expected lengths.
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