Suppose the random variable X represents the angle of a slice of pie. The angle X has a uniform distribution on the interval [0,90] What's the probability that a slice of pie will have an angle between 30 and 40degrees?

Since this is a uniform distribution, f(x) is 0 everywhere except $30<x<40$, where $f(x) = 1/(40-30) = 1/10$

Is the answer that simple?

I feel like I'm missing something as the size of the interval [0,90] doesn't seem to have any effect on the probability.

Thank you in advance


Your solution is not correct.

Since angle $X$ has a uniform distribution on the interval $[0,90]$, the pdf is

$$f(x)=\left\{\begin{matrix} 0 & x<0\\ \frac{1}{90}& 0\le x \le 90\\ 0& x>90 \end{matrix}\right.$$

Then, you calculate the probability between $(30,40)$ by integration.


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    $\begingroup$ Please seek to give hints and guidance rather than complete answers to self-study questions $\endgroup$ – Glen_b Jan 7 '18 at 6:05

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