# Problem with Poisson

• Nov 1st 2010, 10:00 AM
nvwxgn
Problem with Poisson
I need help with this:

"The number of defects in a certain plastic film follows a Poisson distribution with an average of 0.05 defects per square meter. To build a boat, an area of 3 m x 2 m must be covered with that film. In building 5 boats, what's the probability that at least 4 of them do not present defects in the plastic surface?"

My reasoning: to build one boat, the total area is 6 m^2, so the number of defects is expected to be 0.05 * 6 = 0.3. For 5 boats, 0.3 * 5 = 1.5. If I use this value as lambda and calculate 1 - P(0) - P(1) I get 0.4422, which is wrong.

• Nov 1st 2010, 01:27 PM
harish21
at least 4 means: 4 or greater...

\$\displaystyle P(X \geq 4) = P(X=4)+P(X=5)\$
• Nov 1st 2010, 02:05 PM
mr fantastic
Quote:

Originally Posted by nvwxgn
I need help with this:

"The number of defects in a certain plastic film follows a Poisson distribution with an average of 0.05 defects per square meter. To build a boat, an area of 3 m x 2 m must be covered with that film. In building 5 boats, what's the probability that at least 4 of them do not present defects in the plastic surface?"

My reasoning: to build one boat, the total area is 6 m^2, so the number of defects is expected to be 0.05 * 6 = 0.3. For 5 boats, 0.3 * 5 = 1.5. If I use this value as lambda and calculate 1 - P(0) - P(1) I get 0.4422, which is wrong.