A commercial farmer harvests his entire field of a vegetable crop at one time. Therefore, he would like to plant a variety of green beans that mature all at one time (small standard deviation between maturity times of individual plants). A seed company has developed a new hybrid strain of green beans that it believes to be better for the commercial farmer. The maturity time of the standard variety has an average of 50 days and a standard deviation of 2.1 days. A random sample of 30 plants of the new hybrid showed a standard deviation of 1.65 days. Does this sample show a significant lowering of the standard deviation at the 0.05 level of significance? Assume that maturity time is normally distributed.
a. Solve using the p-value approach.
b. Solve using the classical approach.

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