The management at Par Inc. believes that with the introduction of a cut-resistant, longer-lasting golf ball could increase their market share. A new golf ball coating designed to resist cuts and provide a more durable ball have been developed and tested. A sample of 40 balls of both the new and current models were tested with a mechanical hitting machine so that any difference between the mean distances for the two models could be attributed to a difference in the two models. Therefore, the hypothesis test that Par could use to compare the driving distances of the current and new golf balls can be formulated as follows:

It is set to be a two-tailed test which refers to the difference between the mean distances. Here, refers to the mean driving distance of the new golf ball whilst refers to the mean driving distance of the current golf ball. When the difference between the mean distances is equal to 0, therefore, the null hypothesis rejected. This shows that the new golf ball is better.

With the formula, the value of the test statistics was computed. This is a necessary step to find the p-value. Next step would be computing the degree of freedom using the formula as such: . The findings presented a test statistics of and the degree of freedom of 76. Therefore, the p-value is greater than the level of significance which was chosen to be 0.05 and the null hypothesis is not rejected. It is recommended for Par Inc. to produce new golf balls with the coating as to increase their market share.

Current

New

Mean

270.275

267.5

Variance

76.61474291

97.94871868

Standard Deviation

8.7529848

9.8969045

Standard Error

1.383968415

1.564838

Using the formula, the interval estimation was calculated. Therefore, with confidence at 95% the differences between the mean distances are in between -1.385740214 and 6.935740214 yard.

The sample size is said to have an inverse relationship with standard error: as the sample size increases, the standard error decreases. It is believed that increasing the sample size gives a diminished return because the increased accuracy will be negligible. Therefore, it is suggested for Par Inc. to have a larger sample sizes for having more information delivers much accurate result.

b. The mean distance for current model, .

The mean distance for new model, .

Microsoft Excel was used to compute the standard deviation for both models. The standard deviation was formulated as follows: For the current model, =STDEV(A2:A41) giving the answer .

For the new model, =STDEV(B2:B41) giving the answer .

The test statistics was then formulated as follows:

Next, the degree of freedom was computed using the formula: With , the result shows the degree of freedom of 76.

To conclude, because the p-value , therefore there is not sufficient statistical evidence to infer that the null hypothesis is true.