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The probability of a man hitting a bulls eye in one fire is

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The probability of a man hitting a bulls eye in one fire is 1/4. What is the least number of times that the man should fire in order to take the probability of hitting the bulls eye at least once to more than 50%.

A. 5
B. 7
C. 3
D. 12
E. 6
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The probability of a man hitting a bulls eye in one fire is 1/4. What is the least number of times that the man should fire in order to take the probability of hitting the bulls eye at least once to more than 50%.

A. 5
B. 7
C. 3
D. 12
E. 6

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The probability that the man hits the bulls eye at least once in 2 tries is 1-(3/4)^2=7/16, so less than 1/2 (the probability of hitting the bulls eye at least once is 1 minus the probability of the opposite event, so the probability that the men misses in all 2 tries).

The probability that the man hits the bulls eye at least once in 3 tries is 1-(3/4)^3=37/64, so more than 1/2.

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The probability of a man hitting a bulls eye in one fire is 1/4. What is the least number of times that the man should fire in order to take the probability of hitting the bulls eye at least once to more than 50%.

A. 5
B. 7
C. 3
D. 12
E. 6

It is a Typical Probability Question
IN Probability we have a rule ( which is logic actually) that
P(>1) = 1-P(0)
That is Probability of hitting the bulls eye at least once out of N trials is 1- probability of missing it all the times. & P of missing it is 3/4

That means$$1-(\frac{3}{4})^n$$ > $$\frac{1}{2}$$

Solve it , n > 3 satisfies.
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very helpful Bunuel/mandyr, need to revise the "at least" rule and this helps, thank you both
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