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mean score of 80 and a standard deviation of 5. Percentage of students that scored between 80 and 90?

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If the mean (μ) is 80, and the standard deviation (σ) is 5, then all scores between 80 and 90 would fall between 0 and 2 standard deviations above the mean.
 
Using the equation for Z score (Z = (X-μ)/σ) for each X value (80 and 90) then the Z scores are 0 and 2, respectively.  
 
Using a normal distribution table, it can be found that P(80 < z) = .5 (this is the probability that a random score would be greater than 80.  It makes sense that it is .5 or 50% because 80 is the mean.)
And the P(90 > z) = .97725.  (this is the probability that a random score would be less than 90.)
 
So the final answers would be (90 > z)-P(80<z) = .47725 or 47.725%