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The membership of a committee consists of 3 English teachers [#permalink]
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The membership of a committee consists of 3 English teachers, 4 Mathematics teachers, and 2 Social Studies teachers. If 2 committee members are to be selected at random to write the committee’s report, what is the probability that the two members selected will both be English teachers?

The membership of a committee consists of 3 English teachers, 4 Mathematics teachers, and 2 Social Studies teachers. If 2committee members are to be selected at random to write the committee’s report, what is the probability that the two members selected will both be English teachers? A. 2/3 B. 1/3 C. 2/9 D. 1/12 E. 1/24

There are total 3+4+2=9 teachers out of which 3 teach English.

The combinatioan has to be used due to the below reason.

Let us say if we have 3 people A, B and C. If we are asked to select a couple. we can select AB/BC/CA: Please mnote that selecting AB is same as selecting BA as my couple is same in both the cases. Same is the case with selection teachers for a committee, as is the case in the question.

3C2 = 3C1 (not selecting 1) = 3 (AB, BC, CA) 3P2 = 6 (If Ab is not = BA)

Can you please explain why you have used combinations instead of permutations to calculate the probability?

Thanks in advance,

As explained above, order of the members in the committee is not important. For example, C^2_9 gives the # of all committees of 2 we can choose out of 9 teachers (a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i): (a, b), (a,c), (a,d), ... Now, committee (a,b) is the same committee as (b,a), so that's why we should use C (which counts (a,b) only once) instead of P (which counts (a,b) as well (b,a)).

Check Probability and Combinations chapters of Math Book for more on this issues (link in my signature).

Probability of first member an English teacher = 3/9 Probability of second member an English teacher = 2/8 Probability of both being english teacher = 3/9 x 2/8 =1/12 (D) _________________

Re: Membership of committee [#permalink]
25 Oct 2010, 04:38

monirjewel wrote:

The membership of committee consists of 3 English teachers, 4 mathematics teacher, and 2 social studies teachers. If 2 committee members are to be selected at random to write the committee's report, what is the probability that the two members selected will be both be English teachers? A) 2/3 B) 1/3 C) 2/9 D) 1/12 E 1/24

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