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Re: A city council will select 2 of 9 available firefighters and [#permalink]
08 Sep 2013, 05:00
The "how many different groups of 3" threw me at first, I thought I needed to exclude something, or say something like "we got 15 in total, so 5 groups of 3..." and so some calculations there.
Can someone please explain to me, in which case we would have divided the product of the two combinations by the total people selected out of the population? i.e. 15C5
We would divide by 15C3 if the question were: what is the probability that when we select 3 people out of 9 firefighters and 6 police officers we get 2 firefighters and 1 police officer. _________________