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# A box contains 20 bulbs,12 are defective.Four bulbs are selected at

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Updated on: 25 Jun 2015, 06:14
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A box contains 20 bulbs, 12 are defective. Four bulbs are selected at random. What is the probability that at least one of the four selected is defective?

A. 33/323
B. 1/9690
C. 14/969
D. 955/969
E. 5/12

Originally posted by kanigmat011 on 25 Jun 2015, 06:10.
Last edited by Bunuel on 25 Jun 2015, 06:14, edited 4 times in total.
Renamed the topic and edited the question.
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25 Jun 2015, 06:11
Totally confused on which approach to be used in order to resolve this
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25 Jun 2015, 06:19
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kanigmat011 wrote:
A box contains 20 bulbs, 12 are defective. Four bulbs are selected at random. What is the probability that at least one of the four selected is defective?

A. 33/323
B. 1/9690
C. 14/969
D. 955/969
E. 5/12

12 are defective, 8 not defective.

P(at least one defective out of 4) = 1 - P(none is defective out of 4) = 1 - 8/20*7/19*6/18*5/17 = 955/969.

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25 Jun 2015, 06:34
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kanigmat011 wrote:
A box contains 20 bulbs, 12 are defective. Four bulbs are selected at random. What is the probability that at least one of the four selected is defective?

A. 33/323
B. 1/9690
C. 14/969
D. 955/969
E. 5/12

Bunuel's solution is perfect however another insight to answer the questions is

Since 60% are defective (12/20) therefore the probability of one of the 4 selected bulb defective should be pretty high and should be close to 1

only Option D gives a close enough value as in every other option the probability is even less than 1/2

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25 Jun 2015, 11:02
is this a gmat question ?? looked like some indian exam question !!
Too mch calculations in it..
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26 Jun 2015, 01:50
is this a gmat question ?? looked like some indian exam question !!
Too mch calculations in it..

I don't think that it's a question from a reliable GMAT source.
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01 Aug 2015, 06:27
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kanigmat011 wrote:
A box contains 20 bulbs, 12 are defective. Four bulbs are selected at random. What is the probability that at least one of the four selected is defective?

A. 33/323
B. 1/9690
C. 14/969
D. 955/969
E. 5/12

Defective = 12, Not defective = 8

Total possible no. of combinations of 4 = $$20C4$$

Total possible no. of non defective combinations of 4 = $$8C4$$ (since only 8 are non defective)

P(none is defective) $$= 8C4/ 20C4 = 14/969$$

P(at least one defective) = 1 - P(none is defective) = $$955/969$$

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01 Aug 2015, 06:42
Probability that at least one of the four bulbs is defective = 1 - (none of the 4 are defective).

Probability that none of the 4 balls are defective = 8C4/20C4 = 70/4845 = 14/969

Probability that at least one is defective = 1 - 14/969 = 955/969. Ans (D).
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