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A basketball coach will select the members of a five-player team from among 9 players, including John and Peter. If the five players are chosen at random, what is the probability that the coach chooses a team that includes both John and Peter?

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07 May 2012, 08:51

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There are 3 spots left after selecting John and Peter in the team. There are 7 players available to fill in the 3 positions. It can be done in 7C3 ways (favorable event) The total number of ways of selecting 5 out of 9 players is given by 9C5 ways.

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Galiya wrote:

A basketball coach will select the members of a five-player team from among 9 players, including John and Peter. If the five players are chosen at random, what is the probability that the coach chooses a team that includes both John and Peter?

A. 1/9 B. 1/6 C. 2/9 D. 5/18 E. 1/3

Total # of five-player teams possible is \(C^5_9=126\); # of teams that include both John and Peter is \(C^2_2*C^3_7=35\);

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Galiya wrote:

A basketball coach will select the members of a five-player team from among 9 players, including John and Peter. If the five players are chosen at random, what is the probability that the coach chooses a team that includes both John and Peter?

A. 1/9 B. 1/6 C. 2/9 D. 5/18 E. 1/3

Probability of choosing John and Peter for the team plus three other players is \(\frac{2}{9}*\frac{1}{8}*\frac{7}{7}*\frac{6}{6}*\frac{5}{5}=\frac{1}{36}.\) Order choosing the two doesn't matter. There is a total number of \(5C2=\frac{5*4}{2}=10\) possibilities to choose the two (John and Peter) in the sequence of 5 players (like * * - - -, - * * - - ,... where * represents either John or Peter, no distinction between them). The requested probability is given by \(10*\frac{1}{36}=\frac{5}{18}.\)

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23 Aug 2012, 11:32

dyaffe55 wrote:

Would there be an issue doing it this way?

Probability of John getting chosen = 5/9, probability of Peter being subsequently chosen = 4/8. 5/9 * 4/8 = 5/18

Why is this not the recommended approach given that the use of combinatorics requires extensive multiplication?

How can you justify the probability of John getting chosen = 5/9? John is just one player of the total of 9, so what's the meaning of 5? Similar questions for Peter.
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My thinking was this... PA = (# of ways event can occur)/(total number of outcomes). John has 5 ways to be selected to the roster from a pool of 9 players = 5/9

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dyaffe55 wrote:

My thinking was this... PA = (# of ways event can occur)/(total number of outcomes). John has 5 ways to be selected to the roster from a pool of 9 players = 5/9

perhaps I am missing something very obvious

Mixing up things...

Number of outcomes is not 9, which is the total number of players to choose from. Total number of outcomes is the number of different teams you can form choosing 5 players out of 9. "John has 5 ways to be selected" has no meaning. You can count the number of possible teams of which John is also a member, but this is not 5.

Try to understand the posted solutions to this question.
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24 Aug 2012, 14:39

I'm not saying I don't understand the posted solutions... I do. However, I am attempting to find a valid alternative. All you keep saying is that "5 has no meaning" which really doesn't do much to refute my question.

"How can you justify the probability of John getting chosen = 5/9?"

If John is one of 9 and 5 random selections are made = 5/9.

However, I will agree that conceptually it isn't perfect after that. You could say the probability of peter getting selected next = 4/8. While I know this isn't exactly what the question asks, the result is the same. You could even add a third player and say "what is the probability that the coach chooses a team that includes John Peter and Paul." 5/9 x 4/8 x 3/7 = 6C2 / 9C5

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russ9 wrote:

Hi,

I solved it as:

Probability of picking random players plus picking John and Peter \(\frac{2}{9}*\frac{1}{8}*\frac{7}{7}*\frac{6}{6}*\frac{5}{5}=\frac{1}{36}.\)

Not sure where I went wrong?

A basketball coach will select the members of a five-player team from among 9 players, including John and Peter. If the five players are chosen at random, what is the probability that the coach chooses a team that includes both John and Peter?

It should be P(JPAAA) = 1/9*1/8*7/7*6/6*5/5*5!/3! = 5/18. We multiply by 5!/3! because JPAAA can occur in several ways: JPAAA, JAPAAA, AJPAAA, ...
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20 Aug 2016, 04:49

well a much easier approach for me was for Peter to get selected in the team : there is 5 empty spots out of 9 contenders so his chance 5/9 for john 4 spots left out of 8 so his chance 4/8 both chance= 4/8*5/9=5/18 easier than 9 choose 5 calculation

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Galiya wrote:

A basketball coach will select the members of a five-player team from among 9 players, including John and Peter. If the five players are chosen at random, what is the probability that the coach chooses a team that includes both John and Peter?

A. 1/9 B. 1/6 C. 2/9 D. 5/18 E. 1/3

Number of combinations with constraint i.e., both John and Peter included in the team =7C3=35 Total number of combinations = 9C5=126 Probability= 35/126=5/18
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Think of the team as five slots left to right. John then peter =(1/9)(1/8). We have to multiply that by 20 because they can occupy 20 different slot combinations. 20/72=10/36=5/18

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galiya wrote:

A basketball coach will select the members of a five-player team from among 9 players, including John and Peter. If the five players are chosen at random, what is the probability that the coach chooses a team that includes both John and Peter?

A. 1/9 B. 1/6 C. 2/9 D. 5/18 E. 1/3

P(John and Peter both on the team) = (# of teams that include both John and Peter) / (total # of 5-person teams possible)

a) # of teams that include both John and Peter - Put John and Peter on the team. This can be accomplished in 1 way - Select the remaining 3 team-members from the remaining 7 players. Since the order in which we select the 3 players does not matter, we can use combinations. We can select 3 players from 7 players in 7C3 ways (35 ways) So, the total # of teams that include both John and Peter = (1)(35) = 35

b) total # of 5-person teams Select 5 team-members from the 9 players. This can be accomplished in 9C5 ways So, the total # of 5-person teams = 9C5 = 126

Therefore, the probability that the coach chooses a team that includes both John and Pete = 35/126 = 5/18

Answer: D

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galiya wrote:

A basketball coach will select the members of a five-player team from among 9 players, including John and Peter. If the five players are chosen at random, what is the probability that the coach chooses a team that includes both John and Peter?

A. 1/9 B. 1/6 C. 2/9 D. 5/18 E. 1/3

The number of ways of choosing 5 players from 9 is 9C5 = 9!/[5!(9 - 5)!] = 9!/(5!4!) = (9 x 8 x 7 x 6 )/(4 x 3 x 2) = 3 x 7 x 6 = 126.

If John and Peter are already chosen for the team, then only 3 additional players must be chosen for the five-player team. The number of ways of choosing the 3 additional players from the remaining 7 players is 7C3 = 7!/[3!(7 - 3)!] = 7!/(3!4!) = (7 x 6 x 5)/(3 x 2) = 7 x 5 = 35.

Thus, the probability that John and Peter will be chosen for the team is 35/126 = 5/18.

Answer: D
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