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The manufacturer of a metal stand for home TV sets must be sure that its product will not fail under the weight of the TV. Since some larger sets weigh nearly 300 pounds, the company’s safety inspectors have set a standard of ensuring that the stands can support an average of over 500 pounds. Their inspectors regularly subject a random sample of the stands to increasing weight until they fail. They test the hypothesis H0: μ = 500 against HA: μ > 500, using the level of significance α = 0.01. If the sample of stands fails to pass this safety test, the ­inspectors will not certify the product for sale to the general public.
a) Is this an upper-tail or lower- tail test? In the context of the problem, why do you think this is important?
b) Explain what will happen if the inspectors commit a Type I error.
c) Explain what will happen if the inspectors commit a Type II error.


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