1. ## Normal distribution question

I've got a question here the importants parts of it
regulations say bacteria, per litre of seawater, must be less than 4
rate of occurance of this bacteria at a beach, is 4.6 per litre of sea water
it asks me to say what probabilty distribution to use, i'm sure its the normal distribution
use the distribution to find the prob that this beach will fail the regulations

how am i supposed to do this becasue all the example i have to use the normal distribution involve the mean and sd.

Please could someone explain or solve this for me

2. Originally Posted by smidga
I've got a question here the importants parts of it
regulations say bacteria, per litre of seawater, must be less than 4
rate of occurance of this bacteria at a beach, is 4.6 per litre of sea water
it asks me to say what probabilty distribution to use, i'm sure its the normal distribution
use the distribution to find the prob that this beach will fail the regulations

how am i supposed to do this becasue all the example i have to use the normal distribution involve the mean and sd.

Please could someone explain or solve this for me
4.6 cells in an entire litre of seawater? 4.6 million cells? How many litres were tested? We need more detail.

Try posting the original question, word-for-word.

3. Originally Posted by smidga
I've got a question here the importants parts of it
regulations say bacteria, per litre of seawater, must be less than 4
rate of occurance of this bacteria at a beach, is 4.6 per litre of sea water
it asks me to say what probabilty distribution to use, i'm sure its the normal distribution
use the distribution to find the prob that this beach will fail the regulations

how am i supposed to do this becasue all the example i have to use the normal distribution involve the mean and sd.

Please could someone explain or solve this for me
The Poisson distribution may be appropriate here.