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A group of 5 students bought movie tickets in one row next to each other. If Bob and Lisa are in this group, what is the probability that Bob and Lisa will each sit next to only one of the four other students from the group? (A) 5% (B) 10% (C) 15% (D) 20% (E) 25%
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Originally posted by bkk145 on 20 Jun 2007, 17:03.
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A group of 5 students bought movie tickets in one row next to each other. If Bob and Lisa are in this group, what is the probability that Bob and Lisa will each sit next to only one of the four other students from the group? (A) 5% (B) 10% (C) 15% (D) 20% (E) 25% The question basically asks about the probability that Bob and Lisa sit at the ends. The total # of sitting arrangements is 5!. Desired arrangement is either BXYZ L or LXYZ B. Now, XYZ can be arranged in 3! ways, therefore total # of favorable arrangements is 2*3!. P=(favorable)/(total)=(2*3!)/5!=1/10. Answer: B.
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Countdown wrote: A group of 5 students bought movie tickets in one row next to each other. If Bob and Lisa are in this group, what is the probability that Bob and Lisa will each sit next to only one of the four other students from the group?
(A) 5% (B) 10% (C) 15% (D) 20% (E) 25%
Can somebody plz clarify that the answer to this prob is 4!*2 which I am getting, but the answer in the book is given something else. use this diagram : it can help
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Hi All, There are several different 'math' approaches to this question. You have to be clear that there are 2 'acceptable' orientations of the 5 people though: Bob, X, X, X, Lisa Lisa, X, X, X, Bob Since either Bob OR Lisa would have to be in the 'first spot', there's a 2/5 probability of that happening.... That would leave the other person to occupy the 'fifth spot'; since there are 4 people remaining, there's a 1/4 probability of that happening.... (2/5)(1/4) = 2/20 = 1/10 = 10% Final Answer: GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich
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"what is the probability that Bob and Lisa will each sit next to only one of the four other students from the group?"
Can someone please explain why the arrangement can't be " _ B _ L _ " or " _ L _ B _ "? Does this not also satisfy that B & L also sit next to the other four students?



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Hi icetray, The prompt tells us that the 5 seats are in a row. For Bob/Lisa to sit next to JUST 1 student, they would both have to sit on the ENDS of the row. In the examples that you listed, Bob and Lisa are sitting next to 2 students, which does not fit the "restrictions" of what we're asked to deal with. GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich
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There are 2 different ways this can happen
LxxxB or BxxxL
Here is the probability of this happening (1/5)(3/4)(2/3)(1/2)(1/1)=2/20 or 1/10 10%



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Hi all, I have a problem with the question. what is the probability that Bob and Lisa will each sit next to only one of the four other students. Is the question saying that Bob and Lisa will sit at the extremes. However, I solve it treating subgroup like (B _ L) X X X and then solve for possible arrangement and got the same answer. But the official answer says that Bob and Lisa sat at the extremes. Is my understanding wrong? Help me. TIA



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17 Oct 2016, 14:04
NaeemHasan wrote: Hi all, I have a problem with the question. what is the probability that Bob and Lisa will each sit next to only one of the four other students. Is the question saying that Bob and Lisa will sit at the extremes. However, I solve it treating subgroup like (B _ L) X X X and then solve for possible arrangement and got the same answer. But the official answer says that Bob and Lisa sat at the extremes. Is my understanding wrong? Help me. TIA Hi NaeemHasan, In the example that you listed, Lisa is sitting next to TWO people  and that is not in line with what the question states. GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich
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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote: NaeemHasan wrote: Hi all, I have a problem with the question. what is the probability that Bob and Lisa will each sit next to only one of the four other students. Is the question saying that Bob and Lisa will sit at the extremes. However, I solve it treating subgroup like (B _ L) X X X and then solve for possible arrangement and got the same answer. But the official answer says that Bob and Lisa sat at the extremes. Is my understanding wrong? Help me. TIA Hi NaeemHasan, In the example that you listed, Lisa is sitting next to TWO people  and that is not in line with what the question states. GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich Hi, How? I allow only one person to sit between Bob and LIsa. Does this mean they sit next to two people? If so, Could you elaborate this, please.



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Hi NaeemHasan, In the example: B _ L _ _ _ Bob is sitting next to one person and Lisa is sitting next to two people. The prompt asks for the probably that both Bob and Lisa will sit next to ONE person... NOT that Bob and Lisa will sit next to the SAME person. When sitting in a row of 6 people, the only way to sit next to just one person is to sit on the 'end' of the row. Thus, there are only two possible outcomes that meet this restriction: B _ _ _ _ L L _ _ _ _ B GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich
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What I understand is that Bob and Lisa should have only person sitting next to them, this implies they take the edge seat So total arrangement=5!=120 now the arrangement to meet the condition=3!2!( Arranging Bob and Lisa on edge seat=2!, Arranging the rest=3!) So probability= 3!2!/5!=1/10=10%



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