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# Jill's pocket contains 3 quarters, 4 dimes, 2 nickels, and 6

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Jill's pocket contains 3 quarters, 4 dimes, 2 nickels, and 6 [#permalink]  18 Jul 2003, 18:03
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Jill's pocket contains 3 quarters, 4 dimes, 2 nickels, and 6 pennies. If she takes out one coin at random, what is the probability that the coin is worth more than 5 cents?
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Strictly speaking, the way this question is worded, you cannot answer it using only the information given. Can you think of a reasonable explanation?

(apologizes in advance, but I'm having fun with this one)

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AkamaiBrah wrote:
Strictly speaking, the way this question is worded, you cannot answer it using only the information given. Can you think of a reasonable explanation?

(apologizes in advance, but I'm having fun with this one)

You assume that the coin can be rare (a quarter minted in 1718 for example) and therefore can be worth thousands of dollars?
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Having a rare quarter won't change the probabilities, since a quarter is already at minimum worth more than 5 cents. But, yes, a rare nickle or penny would!

Just farting around. Seriously, though, there is really nothing wrong with my answer!

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Nope, it can be answered. But, it is hard.
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For the previous answers something must be wrong, also because I had a very easy aproach to the question

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What is wrong (if wrong) with my answer?
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What does your wife look like , are you young?

I'm doing research onto the answer. So spanish is your first language?
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MBA04 wrote:
For the previous answers something must be wrong, also because I had a very easy aproach to the question

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What is wrong (if wrong) with my answer?

Nothing's wrong with your answer. In fact, on the test, it would be correct.

I'm just farting around by pointing out that there can be a difference between a coin's face value and what it is actually "worth".
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This probably will not feature on the GMAT until they also give the relationship between cents and dimes/nickels etc.
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