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A certain class consists of 8 students, including Kim. Each day, three tasks must be completed and are assigned as follows: one of the 8 students is selected at random to complete Task A, one of the remaining 7 students is selected at random to complete Task B, and one of the remaining six students is selected at random to complete Task C. What is the probability that Kim will be selected to complete one of the three tasks? (A) 1/3 (B) 3/8 (C) 1/24 (D) 1/336 (E) 1/512

A certain class consists of 8 students, including Kim. Each day, three tasks must be completed and are assigned as follows: one of the 8 students is selected at random to complete Task A, one of the remaining 7 students is selected at random to complete Task B, and one of the remaining six students is selected at random to complete Task C. What is the probability that Kim will be selected to complete one of the three tasks?

Since there are total of 8 students and we are selecting 3 of them, then the probability that Kim will be selected is simply 3/8 (she has 3 chances out of 8).

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17 Feb 2012, 07:12

Bunuel wrote:

metallicafan wrote:

A certain class consists of 8 students, including Kim. Each day, three tasks must be completed and are assigned as follows: one of the 8 students is selected at random to complete Task A, one of the remaining 7 students is selected at random to complete Task B, and one of the remaining six students is selected at random to complete Task C. What is the probability that Kim will be selected to complete one of the three tasks?

Since there are total of 8 students and we are selecting 3 of them, then the probability that Kim will be selected is simply 3/8 (she has 3 chances out of 8).

P.S. Please provide answer choices if available.

Thank you bunuel! However, I don't get your approach well. Could you explain your logic? I believe that the probability of picking somenone in the second task is different from picking someone in the first because the number of elements available to pick changes. That's why my approach is step by step. Please, show me the light!
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A certain class consists of 8 students, including Kim. Each day, three tasks must be completed and are assigned as follows: one of the 8 students is selected at random to complete Task A, one of the remaining 7 students is selected at random to complete Task B, and one of the remaining six students is selected at random to complete Task C. What is the probability that Kim will be selected to complete one of the three tasks?

Since there are total of 8 students and we are selecting 3 of them, then the probability that Kim will be selected is simply 3/8 (she has 3 chances out of 8).

P.S. Please provide answer choices if available.

Thank you bunuel! However, I don't get your approach well. Could you explain your logic? I believe that the probability of picking somenone in the second task is different from picking someone in the first because the number of elements available to pick changes. That's why my approach is step by step. Please, show me the light!

The wording of the question makes it harder then it is. The question basically asks: what is the probability that Kim is among the first 3 students out of 8, which is 3/8.

One can also do: \(P=\frac{C^1_1*C^2_7}{C^3_8}=\frac{3}{8}\), where \(C^1_1\) is # of ways to select Kim, \(C^2_7\) is # of ways to select any 2 students out of 7 left and \(C^3_8\) is total # of ways to select 3 students from 8;

Or: you can find the probability that among 3 students selected to complete the tasks there won't be Kim and subtract it from 1: \(P=1-\frac{C^3_7}{C^3_8}=\frac{3}{8}\);

Or: the same with probability approach: \(P=1-\frac{7}{8}*\frac{6}{7}*\frac{5}{6}=\frac{3}{8}\).

As you can see first approach is easiest and shortest one.

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One more way to sove this is to reverse the logic: NOT chosen on first, second and third pick leads to the following calculation: 7/8 * 6/7 * 5/6 = 0,625. Since we are looking for the probability Kim gets chosen it's 1-0,625 = 0,375 = 3/8

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metallicafan wrote:

A certain class consists of 8 students, including Kim. Each day, three tasks must be completed and are assigned as follows: one of the 8 students is selected at random to complete Task A, one of the remaining 7 students is selected at random to complete Task B, and one of the remaining six students is selected at random to complete Task C. What is the probability that Kim will be selected to complete one of the three tasks? (A) 1/3 (B) 3/8 (C) 1/24 (D) 1/336 (E) 1/512

A certain class consists of 8 students, including Kim. Each day, three tasks must be completed and are assigned as follows: one of the 8 students is selected at random to complete Task A, one of the remaining 7 students is selected at random to complete Task B, and one of the remaining six students is selected at random to complete Task C. What is the probability that Kim will be selected to complete one of the three tasks? (A) 1/3 (B) 3/8 (C) 1/24 (D) 1/336 (E) 1/512

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Sorry for the confusion. I get it know. Since the left-over tasks are to be done only by the remaining people, one person can only do one task. So in this case both mean the same.

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