Cars arrive at a toll booth at a mean rate of 15 cars every half hour according to a poisson process. Find the probability that the toll collector will have to wait longer than 36.78 minutes before collecting the eleventh toll.

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- December 17th 2008, 04:38 AMPatriots326Poisson
Cars arrive at a toll booth at a mean rate of 15 cars every half hour according to a poisson process. Find the probability that the toll collector will have to wait longer than 36.78 minutes before collecting the eleventh toll.

Please Help!!! - December 17th 2008, 02:26 PMmeymathis
I will use the formulation of Poisson from wikipedia.

is the expected number of occurrences over the particular interval of interest. So in our case the expected rate of occurrence is cars per minute. So the expected number of cars in 36.78 minutes is:

If is the number of cars that arrive in 36.78 minutes, then the question can be rephrased to: what is the probability that

The PDF is:

So