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# three fair dice are rolled together. what is the probability

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three fair dice are rolled together. what is the probability of NOT having exactly 2 fives.
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26 Jun 2003, 04:06
The probability of having exactly 2 fives is 3/216

Therefore, the probability of NOT getting exactly 2 fives is 1-(3/216)=98.6%
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26 Jun 2003, 06:52
My apologies - my last answer was not correct.

The correct answer is (1-5/72)

The probability of having exactly two fives is 3C2*1/6*1/6*5/6=5/72

Therefore, the probability of NOT having exactly two fives is 1-5/72 = 93.1%
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27 Jun 2003, 01:26
Ohhh... guys.... so many mistakes!!!

P (exactly 2 fives out of 3 dice) = 1/6*1/6*5/6*3C1=15/216
P (NOT having) = 1–(15/216)=201/216=67/72
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09 Jul 2003, 18:58
I understood 1/6*1/6*5/6, and thus came up with 5/216. Of coz, then 1- 5/216.

But why multiply it into 3C1?!!!!! Pls explain. Thanks
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09 Jul 2003, 19:37
sunitha wrote:
I understood 1/6*1/6*5/6, and thus came up with 5/216. Of coz, then 1- 5/216.

But why multiply it into 3C1?!!!!! Pls explain. Thanks

You correctly calculated the number of ways that a 5 could come up in the first and second slots, or 5 5 X. However, there are two other ways you can get 2 fives. X 5 5 and 5 X 5. Hence, you need to multiple the number of ways to get a SPECIFIC pairing of 2 5's (which you did), by all the different ways to get 2 5's from 3 dice, which is 3C2 = 3.
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10 Jul 2003, 04:18
AkamaiBrah wrote:
sunitha wrote:
I understood 1/6*1/6*5/6, and thus came up with 5/216. Of coz, then 1- 5/216.

But why multiply it into 3C1?!!!!! Pls explain. Thanks

You correctly calculated the number of ways that a 5 could come up in the first and second slots, or 5 5 X. However, there are two other ways you can get 2 fives. X 5 5 and 5 X 5. Hence, you need to multiple the number of ways to get a SPECIFIC pairing of 2 5's (which you did), by all the different ways to get 2 5's from 3 dice, which is 3C2 = 3.

so it should be multiplied with 3c2, not 3c1 as stolyar says.
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10 Jul 2003, 16:35
stolyar wrote:
KSS wrote:
AkamaiBrah wrote:
sunitha wrote:
I understood 1/6*1/6*5/6, and thus came up with 5/216. Of coz, then 1- 5/216.

But why multiply it into 3C1?!!!!! Pls explain. Thanks

You correctly calculated the number of ways that a 5 could come up in the first and second slots, or 5 5 X. However, there are two other ways you can get 2 fives. X 5 5 and 5 X 5. Hence, you need to multiple the number of ways to get a SPECIFIC pairing of 2 5's (which you did), by all the different ways to get 2 5's from 3 dice, which is 3C2 = 3.

so it should be multiplied with 3c2, not 3c1 as stolyar says.

3C2=3C1=3 you should have known about it.

You bet. I should have.
Dumb me.
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