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Q. 54

Expert-verifiedFound in: Page 866

Book edition
6th

Author(s)
Sullivan

Pages
1200 pages

ISBN
9780321795465

According to the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics, in 2008 there was a $12.8\%$ probability that a doctoral degree awarded at a U.S. university was awarded in engineering. If a 2008 U.S. doctoral recipient is randomly selected, what is the probability that his or her degree was not in engineering?

The probability is $87.2\%$

The given data is that there was a $12.8\%$ probability that a doctoral degree awarded at a U.S. university was awarded in engineering.

The probability that a doctoral degree awarded at a U.S. university was in engineering is as follows,

$12.8\%=\frac{12.8}{100}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}=0.128$

The probability that a doctoral degree awarded at a U.S. university that is not in engineering is shown below,

$Degreethatisnotinengineering=Totalprobability-Degreethatisinengineering\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}=1-0.128\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}=0.872\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}=87.2\%$

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