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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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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.

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.