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**peterpan** Im finding it hard to understand why you can do the following transformation of $\displaystyle \phi$ to get from a normally distributed random variable with mean 0 and standard deviation of 1 to a normally distributed random variable with a specific mean and standard deviation:

mean + standard deviation $\displaystyle \cdot \phi

$

Finding it difficult to see the intuition behind multiplying by std. dev. and adding the mean.

This is a pretty fundamental thing to understand so would be grateful for any help.

Cheers,

Peter