## Bob is running late for his class and missed his bus. He calls his friend Sam to ask for a ride to school. Sam, tired of Bob interrupting hi

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Bob is running late for his class and missed his bus. He calls his friend Sam to ask for a ride to school. Sam, tired of Bob interrupting his sleep every week, has lowered the volume of his phone. There is a 70% chance Sam sleeps through Bob’s phone call and does not answer this morning. If Sam answers the phone, he will drive to Bob’s house and give Bob a ride. Bob will get to school in X minutes, where X follows a (continuous) Uniform(15,25) distribution. If Sam does not answer the phone, Bob has to walk to school. Bob is a consistent walker, and will always make it to school in exactly 40 minutes. What is the expected time for Bob to get to school today (in minutes)?

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The expected time for Bob to get to school today is 34 minutes.

Step-by-step explanation:

We have these following probabilities:

A 70% probability that Sam sleeps through Bob’s phone call and does not answer this morning. In this case, Bob has to walk to school. Bob is a consistent walker, and will always make it to school in exactly 40 minutes.

A 30% probability that Sam answers the phone. If Sam answers the phone, he will drive to Bob’s house and give Bob a ride. Bob will get to school in X minutes, where X follows a (continuous) Uniform(15,25) distribution.  In this case of an Uniform distribution, the expected time is (15+25)/2 = 20 minutes.

What is the expected time for Bob to get to school today (in minutes)?

There is a 70% probability it takes 40 minutes for Bob to get to school and a 30% probability it takes him 20 minutes. So:

The expected time for Bob to get to school today is 34 minutes.