# Learn by Doing – Normal Random Variables

Published: February 8th, 2013

The purpose of this interactive activity is to:

• Get a better feel for the behavior of normal random variables.
• Check the accuracy of the Standard Deviation Rule.
• Do some other calculations for the normal distribution that are beyond what the Standard Deviation Rule can help us with.

As we’ve seen, the Standard Deviation Rule for normal random variables is very useful. The following applet will help you see how accurate the rule is, and do some other calculations for normal distributions that cannot be done using that rule and that will further enhance your understanding of the normal distribution.

• Drag the flags across each other to get the area between the points.
• Do not change the settings of the mean and standard deviation in the applet.
• The numbers on the horizontal axis represent the number of SD (standard deviations) above or below the mean. So, 0 is the mean, +1 is one SD above the mean, -1 is one SD below the mean, etc.

http://phhp-faculty-cantrell.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/files/2013/02/qzLBD_08011.swf