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The average annual cost (including tuition, room, board, books, and fees) to attend a public college takes nearly a third of the annual income of a typical family with college age children (Money, April 2012). At private colleges, the average annual cost is equal to about 60% of the typical family’s income. The following random samples show the annual cost of attending private and public colleges. Data are in thousands of dollars.


a. Compute the sample mean and sample standard deviation for private and public colleges.
b. What is the point estimate of the difference between the two population means? Interpret this value in terms of the annual cost of attending private and public colleges.
c. Develop a 95% confidence interval of the difference between the mean annual cost of attending private and publiccolleges.


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