# Ch 40: TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Continuous Probability Distributions

### About This Chapter

## TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Continuous Probability Distributions - Chapter Summary

The engaging lesson videos of this chapter feature professional instructors who explain the properties and functions of probability distributions. Watch them to fortify your grasp of the uses of histograms, normal distributions and z-scores. Then, use this knowledge to prepare for questions on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) Physics/Mathematics 7-12 about:

- Graphing probability distributions
- Expected values of continuous random variables
- Developing continuous probability distributions
- Representing probability as areas of geometric regions
- Properties and uses of normal distributions
- Using z-scores and estimating areas under the normal curve
- Population percentages and the normal distribution

If at any time you become confused about a topic in this chapter, be sure to ask our instructors for clarification so that you can master the material presented. In addition to the lesson videos, this chapter is complete with lesson transcripts, video tags and quizzes. Use these tools to further improve your understanding of continuous probability distributions.

### TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Continuous Probability Distributions Chapter Objectives

Individuals with the goal of becoming physics/math teachers in the state of Texas will need to take the TExES Physics/Mathematics 7-12 teacher certification exam. This exam consists of 120 multiple-choice questions, 7% of which are in the Probability and Statistics domain. The object of this chapter is to allow you to reinforce your understanding of continuous probability distributions so that you can properly address that domain's questions.

### 1. Graphing Probability Distributions Associated with Random Variables

What's a random variable? Does it have anything to do with gambling? What's the difference between a continuous and a discrete variable? This lesson explains the difference and how to graph each one.

### 2. Finding & Interpreting the Expected Value of a Continuous Random Variable

How can you find the expected value of something like height distributions? This lesson explains how to find and interpret the expected value of a continuous random variable.

### 3. Developing Continuous Probability Distributions Theoretically & Finding Expected Values

What is an expected value? How can you tell how many time you should expect a coin to land on heads out of several flips? This lesson will show you the answers to both questions!

### 4. Probabilities as Areas of Geometric Regions: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you're going to learn what a random variable is and examine core concepts related to probabilities as areas of geometric regions and expected values of probability distributions.

### 5. Normal Distribution: Definition, Properties, Characteristics & Example

In this lesson, we will look at the Normal Distribution, more commonly known as the Bell Curve. We'll look at some of its fascinating properties and learn why it is one of the most important distributions in the study of data.

### 6. Finding Z-Scores: Definition & Examples

Talking about multiples of standard deviations can get exhausting and confusing. Luckily, z-scores allow us to talk about how far a point is removed from a mean in terms of how many standard deviations away it is.

### 7. Estimating Areas Under the Normal Curve Using Z-Scores

So now that we have a Z-score, what is it used for? Sure, it can make your life easier when describing standard deviations, but finding the area under the normal curve is where the Z-score shines.

### 8. Estimating Population Percentages from Normal Distributions: The Empirical Rule & Examples

If you've been working with z-scores for long, you probably get tired of checking those tables every time you need to check the area under the curve. Luckily, the empirical rule helps us memorize the most important values.

### 9. Using the Normal Distribution: Practice Problems

In this lesson, we will put the normal distribution to work by solving a few practice problems that help us to really master all that the distribution, as well as Z-Scores, have to offer. Review the concepts with a short quiz at the end.

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### Other Chapters

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- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Basic Arithmetic
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- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Decimals & Fractions
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- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Complex & Imaginary Numbers
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Number Theory
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Vector Operations
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Sequences & Series
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Functions
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Graphing & Functions
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Linear Equations
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Quadratic Equations
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Graphing & Factoring Quadratic Equations
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Matrices & Determinants
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- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Trigonometry
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Continuity in Calculus
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Limits in Calculus
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Derivatives & Differentiation in Calculus
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Foundations of Geometry
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Geometry and Measurement
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Geometric Figures
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Parallel Lines & Polygons
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Properties of Triangles
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Geometric Solids
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Analytical Geometry
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Similar Polygons
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Conic Sections
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Circular Arcs & Circles
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Triangle Theorems & Proofs
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Statistics
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Probability
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Discrete Probability Distributions
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Statistical Inference
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Mathematical Reasoning
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Applied Math
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Scientific Inquiry & Process
- TExES Physics/Math 7-12: Vectors & Scalars
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