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Next, name the range of data from A6:A30 as: miles
Use Excel to ﬁnd the sample size
Use Excel to ﬁnd the mean
Use Excel to ﬁnd the STDEV
Use Excel to ﬁnd the s.e.
Now, you need to ﬁnd the lower limit and the upper limit of the 95 % conﬁ-
dence interval for this study.
We will use Excel’s TINV function to do this. We will assume that you want to
be 95 % conﬁdent of your results.
Note that this TINV formula uses 24 since 24 is one less than the sample size of
25 (i.e., 24 is n-1). Note that D10 is the mean, while D16 is the standard error of
the mean. The above formula gives the lower limit of the conﬁdence interval,
The above formula gives the upper limit of the conﬁdence interval, 29.42.
Now, use number format (two decimal places) in your Excel spreadsheet for the
mean, standard deviation, standard error of the mean, and for both the lower limit
and the upper limit of your conﬁdence interval. If you printed this spreadsheet
now, the lower limit of the conﬁdence interval (26.92) and the upper limit of the
conﬁdence interval (29.42) would ‘‘dribble over’’ onto a second printed page
because the information on the spreadsheet is too large to ﬁt onto one page in its
So, you need to use Excel’s ‘‘Scale to Fit’’ commands that we discussed in
size using the Page Layout/Scale to Fit function. Do that now, and notice that the
dotted line to the right of 26.92 and 29.42 indicates that these numbers would now
ﬁt onto one page when the spreadsheet is printed out (see Fig. 3.4 ).
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