Null hypothesis: μ = 72 Alternative hypothesis: μ ≠72

Depending on how you want to "summarize" the exam performances will determine how you might want to write a more specific null and alternative hypothesis. For example, you could compare the mean exam performance of each group (i.e., the "seminar" group and the "lectures-only" group). This is what we will demonstrate here, but other options include comparing the distributions, medians, amongst other things. As such, we can state:

 Distribution of t Scores (With 24 Degrees of Freedom) When the Null Hypothesis Is True

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Null hypothesis: μ = 72 Alternative hypothesis: μ ≠72

Thomas watched every forfour weeks. In that time, 30 contestants switched doors, and 18 of them won.
(a) At the 0.05 significance level, is it true or false that yourchance of winning is 2/3 if you switch doors?
(b) At the 95% confidence level, estimate your chance of winningif you switch doors.
(c) If you don’t switch doors, your chance of winning is1/3. Using your answer to (b), is switching doors definitely a goodstrategy, or is there some doubt?


rejecting the null hypothesis when it is false.

If you keep giving the universe opportunities to send you datathat contradict the null hypothesis, but you keep getting data that areconsistent with the null, then you begin to think that thenull hypothesis shouldn’t be rejected, that it’sactually true.

rejecting the null hypothesis when the alternative is true.

Example 11: Suppose your null hypothesis is “the average package containsthe stated net weight,” your alternative is “the averagepackage contains less than the stated net weight,” and yoursignificance level α is 0.05.

not rejecting the null hypothesis when the alternative is true.

You therefore fail to reject H0 (and don’tmention H1 ).The sample you have could have come about by randomselection if H0 is true, but it could also have come about byrandom selection if H0 is false. In other words, you don’tknow whether H0 is actually true, or it’s false but thesample data just happened to fall not too far from H0.

the null hypothesis is rejected when it is true.

If your p-value is greater than your significance level,you have shown that random chance couldaccount for your results if H0 is true. You don’t know thatrandom chance is the explanation, just that it’s apossible explanation. The data arenot statistically significant.

the result would be unexpected if the null hypothesis were true.

If your p-value is less than your significance level,you have shown that your sample resultswere unlikely to arise by chance if H0 is true. The data arestatistically significant.You therefore reject H0 and accept H1.

The failure to reject does not imply the null hypothesis is true.

The p-value isnt as mysterious as most analysts make it out to be. It is a way of not having to calculate the confidence interval for a t-test but simply determining the confidence level with which null hypothesis can be rejected.