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Calculus

What does ahead of the curve mean?

## Answer

###### Wiki User

###### October 21, 2009 6:13PM

Anticipating issues and able to resolve them ahead of time; above the averaged baseline of expectations or requirements.

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### What does the phrase 'behind the curve' mean?

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### What are the characteristics of a normal distribution curve?

Characteristics of a Normal Distribution
1) Continuous Random Variable.
2) Mound or Bell-shaped curve.
3) The normal curve extends indefinitely in both directions,
approaching, but never touching, the horizontal axis as it does
so.
4) Unimodal
5) Mean = Median = Mode
6) Symmetrical with respect to the mean
That is, 50% of the area (data) under the curve lies to the left
of
the mean and 50% of the area (data) under the curve lies
to the right of the mean.
7) (a) 68% of the area (data) under the curve is within one
standard deviation of the mean
(b) 95% of the area (data) under the curve is within two
standard deviations of the mean
(c) 99.7% of the area (data) under the curve is within three
standard deviations of the mean
8) The total area under the normal curve is equal to 1.