Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

It appears that you are browsing the GMAT Club forum unregistered!

Signing up is free, quick, and confidential.
Join other 500,000 members and get the full benefits of GMAT Club

Registration gives you:

Tests

Take 11 tests and quizzes from GMAT Club and leading GMAT prep companies such as Manhattan GMAT,
Knewton, and others. All are free for GMAT Club members.

Applicant Stats

View detailed applicant stats such as GPA, GMAT score, work experience, location, application
status, and more

Books/Downloads

Download thousands of study notes,
question collections, GMAT Club’s
Grammar and Math books.
All are free!

Thank you for using the timer!
We noticed you are actually not timing your practice. Click the START button first next time you use the timer.
There are many benefits to timing your practice, including:

A small company employs 3 men and 5 women. If a team of 4 [#permalink]

Show Tags

22 Nov 2007, 19:46

6

This post received KUDOS

24

This post was BOOKMARKED

00:00

A

B

C

D

E

Difficulty:

45% (medium)

Question Stats:

64% (02:17) correct
36% (01:27) wrong based on 941 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

A small company employs 3 men and 5 women. If a team of 4 employees is to be randomly selected to organize the company retreat, what is the probability that the team will have exactly 2 women?

A small company employs 3 men and 5 women. If a team of 4 employees is to be randomly selected to organize the company retreat, what is the probability that the team will have exactly 2 women?

I was working on a practice test when i saw this question. Now, the problem is; i have solved it in two ways, one way(using combinations) leads to the correct answer, the other gives me something different. i would appreciate if you could point out what im doing wrong here.

Questn A small company employs 3 men and 5 women. If a team of 4 employees is to be randomly selected to organize the company retreat, what is the probability that the team will have exactly 2 women?

a.) 1/14 b.) 1/7 c.) 2/7 d.) 3/7 e.) 1/2

first method: 5C2 * 3C2 -> it gives combination of exactly 2 women and 2 men. 8C4 -> gives total possibilities of 4 people from 5 women and 3 men.

Probability = 5C2*3C2 / 8C4 = 3/7

SECOND METHOD: Probability of two women -> 5/8 * 4/7.

probability of two men -> 3/6 * 2/5.

Probability: (5/8 * 4/7) * (3/6 * 2/5) = 1/14.

I know something is wrong with the second method but i can't really figure out why its flawed.

SECOND METHOD: Probability of two women -> 5/8 * 4/7.

probability of two men -> 3/6 * 2/5.

Probability: (5/8 * 4/7) * (3/6 * 2/5) = 1/14.

I know something is wrong with the second method but i can't really figure out why its flawed.

Any pointers ?? thanks

The problem here is that you are arranging the people. When you select a woman out of 8 as 5/8, you are saying that you are picking a woman first. You are arranging them in this way: WWMM Now, if you want to un-arrange them, multiply it by the total number of arrangements i.e. 4!/(2!*2!) (because there are 2 men and 2 women so you divide by 2!s to get the total number of arrangements)

When you do that, you get 1/14 * 4!/(2!*2!) = 3/7 _________________

SECOND METHOD: Probability of two women -> 5/8 * 4/7.

Quote:

The problem here is that you are arranging the people. When you select a woman out of 8 as 5/8, you are saying that you are picking a woman first. You are arranging them in this way: WWMM Now, if you want to un-arrange them, multiply it by the total number of arrangements i.e. 4!/(2!*2!) (because there are 2 men and 2 women so you divide by 2!s to get the total number of arrangements)

When you do that, you get 1/14 * 4!/(2!*2!) = 3/7

Hello karishma,

From what i understand, you have added all probabilities like so: 1) WWMM 2) WMMW 3) WMWM 4) MWMW 5) MMWW 6) MWWM

...such that you do not repeat arrangements that are the same, such as W1W2 and W2W1. ... right ? Thanks

Yes. What you have to do is select a group. Hence you do not have to arrange them. In your second method, you got 1/14 which is the probability of getting wwmm. Since there are other such arrangements too which are all acceptable to us e.g. Wmwm since we just need a group of 2 men and 2 women irrespective of their arrangement, we multiply 1/14 by 6 (since 6 such arrangements are possible as shown by you) _________________

Yes. What you have to do is select a group. Hence you do not have to arrange them. In your second method, you got 1/14 which is the probability of getting wwmm. Since there are other such arrangements too which are all acceptable to us e.g. Wmwm since we just need a group of 2 men and 2 women irrespective of their arrangement, we multiply 1/14 by 6 (since 6 such arrangements are possible as shown by you)

Yes. What you have to do is select a group. Hence you do not have to arrange them. In your second method, you got 1/14 which is the probability of getting wwmm. Since there are other such arrangements too which are all acceptable to us e.g. Wmwm since we just need a group of 2 men and 2 women irrespective of their arrangement, we multiply 1/14 by 6 (since 6 such arrangements are possible as shown by you)

Hi Karishma,

Very helpful answer. Maybe you could clarify something for me: When we use the combinatorics method in this problem - (2c5*2c3)/4c8 - why don't we add in the permutations part like we do for the probability method?

What I mean by that is -- If i use the probability approach (favorable outcomes/total outcomes) -- I get (5/8)(4/7)(3/6)(2/5) and then I multiply that by the permutations, which means that I multiply it 4!/2!2! -- why don't we do this last part when it comes to probability?

Re: A small company employs 3 men and 5 women. If a team of 4 [#permalink]

Show Tags

26 Sep 2015, 10:31

Hello from the GMAT Club BumpBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email. _________________

Re: A small company employs 3 men and 5 women. If a team of 4 [#permalink]

Show Tags

30 Jan 2016, 18:54

1

This post received KUDOS

redfield wrote:

Why does it matter which men are chosen? Can someone explain logically rather than mathematically?

We need to consider which men are chosen since a committee with Ann, Bea, Joe and Ed is DIFFERENT FROM a committee with Ann, Bea, Joe and Kevin

Cheers, Brent _________________

Brent Hanneson - Founder of GMAT Prep Now, a free & comprehensive GMAT course with: - over 500 videos (35 hours of instruction) - over 1800 practice questions - 2 full-length practice tests and other bonus offers - http://www.gmatprepnow.com/ Brent also tutors students for the GMAT

gmatclubot

Re: A small company employs 3 men and 5 women. If a team of 4
[#permalink]
30 Jan 2016, 18:54

Excellent posts dLo saw your blog too..!! Man .. you have got some writing skills. And Just to make an argument = You had such an amazing resume ; i am glad...

So Much $$$ Business school costs a lot. This is obvious, whether you are a full-ride scholarship student or are paying fully out-of-pocket. Aside from the (constantly rising)...

I barely remember taking decent rest in the last 60 hours. It’s been relentless with submissions, birthday celebration, exams, vacating the flat, meeting people before leaving and of...

Rishabh from Gyan one services, India had a one to one interview with me where I shared my experience at IMD till now. http://www.gyanone.com/blog/life-at-imd-interview-with-imd-mba/ ...