Question: Janet is planning to open a small car wash operation and

Janet is planning to open a small car-wash operation, and she must decide how much space to provide for waiting cars. Janet estimates that customers would arrive randomly (i.e., a Poisson input process) with a mean rate of 1 every 4 minutes, unless the waiting area is full, in which case the arriving customers would take their cars elsewhere. The time that can be attributed to washing one car has an exponential distribution with a mean of 3 minutes. Compare the expected fraction of potential customers that will be lost because of inadequate waiting space if
(a) 0 spaces (not including the car being washed),
(b) 2 spaces, and
(c) 4 spaces were provided.

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