Notes on designing an experiment
A psychology course has the 21 students shown below. The professor
wants to use the students to test two new types of pill for
keeping people awake, called Wakey-Wakey and Zizzaway. He has
only six pills of Wakey-Wakey and five pills of Zizzaway.
He plans to use 11 students. Each student will be shut alone in
the observation room, swallow their allocated pill, and then follow a set
programme of activities until they fall asleep. A hidden watcher will record
when they swallow the pill and when they fall asleep.
Design the experiment for the professor, to the extent of giving him a plan
allocating pills to students.
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