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# Alice, Benjamin, and Carol each try independentl

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Alice, Benjamin, and Carol each try independently to win a carnival game. If their individual probabilities for success are 1/5, 3/8, and 2/7, respectively, what is the probability that exactly two of the three players will win but one will lose?

A. 3/140
B. 1/28
C. 3/56
D. 3/35
E. 7/40
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Puneethrao wrote:
Alice, Benjamin, and Carol each try independently to win a carnival game. If their individual probabilities for success are 1/5, 3/8, and 2/7, respectively, what is the probability that exactly two of the three players will win but one will lose?

A. 3/140
B. 1/28
C. 3/56
D. 3/35
E. 7/40

P = P(A wins, B wins, C loses) + P(A wins, B loses, C wins) + P(A loses, B wins, C wins) = 1/5*3/8*5/7 + 1/5*5/8*2/7 + 4/5*3/8*2/7 = 7/40.

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31 Oct 2013, 11:32
Puneethrao wrote:
Alice, Benjamin, and Carol each try independently to win a carnival game. If their individual probabilities for success are 1/5, 3/8, and 2/7, respectively, what is the probability that exactly two of the three players will win but one will lose?

A. 3/140
B. 1/28
C. 3/56
D. 3/35
E. 7/40

probability that exactly two of the three players will win = probability of (A will win,B will win,C will lose+ A will win , B will lose ,C will win+ A will lose,B will win,C will win)
=>(1/5 * 3/8 * (1- 2/7)) + (1/5 * (1 - 3/8) * 2/7) + ((1 - 1/5) * 3/8 * 2/7)
=>15/280 + 10/280 + 24/280
=> 49/280
=>7/40
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Well. there are three possible outcomes of interest, if 2 of the three have to win and one to lose:

AB...C
AC...B
CB...A

For the wins, we use the given probabilities. For the loss we use the remaining of the given probability. We multiply these together:

1/5 * 3/8 * 5/7 = 15 / 280
1/5 * 2/7 * 5/8 = 10 / 280
3/8 * 2/7 * 4/5 = 24 / 280

We now want to add these individual probabilities, which gives us: 49 / 280 = 7 / 40 ANS E
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Puneethrao wrote:
Alice, Benjamin, and Carol each try independently to win a carnival game. If their individual probabilities for success are 1/5, 3/8, and 2/7, respectively, what is the probability that exactly two of the three players will win but one will lose?

A. 3/140
B. 1/28
C. 3/56
D. 3/35
E. 7/40

In order to solve this question we should set up the equation

Prob (Exactly #success Exactly # failures)= P(A success x B success x C failure) + P(A success B failure C success) + P(A failure x B success x C success)
Prob(Exactly # 2 success and Exactly 1 Failure)= P( 1/5 x 3/8 x 5/7) + P(1/5 x 5/8 x 2/7) + P( 4/5 x 3/8 x 2/7) = 49/280

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Puneethrao wrote:
Alice, Benjamin, and Carol each try independently to win a carnival game. If their individual probabilities for success are 1/5, 3/8, and 2/7, respectively, what is the probability that exactly two of the three players will win but one will lose?

A. 3/140
B. 1/28
C. 3/56
D. 3/35
E. 7/40

To solve this question we need to consider three different cases -

• A and B wins and C loses
• The probability of the above case can be written as -
o $$P(A_wB_wC_L) = \frac{1}{5} * \frac{3}{8} * (1-\frac{2}{7}) = \frac{3}{56}$$
• B and C wins and A loses
• The probability of the above case can be written as -
o $$P(A_LB_wC_w) = (1-\frac{1}{5}) * \frac{3}{8} * \frac{2}{7} = \frac{3}{35}$$
• C and A wins and B loses
• The probability of the above case can be written as -
o $$P(A_wB_LC_w) = \frac{1}{5} * (1-\frac{3}{8}) * \frac{2}{7} = \frac{1}{28}$$
• The overall probability $$= P(A_wB_wC_L) + P(A_LB_wC_w) + P(A_wB_LC_w)$$
$$= \frac{3}{56} + \frac{3}{35} + \frac{1}{28}$$
$$= \frac{3}{56} + \frac{3}{35} + \frac{1}{28}$$
$$= \frac{(15+24+10)}{280}$$
$$=\frac{7}{40}$$

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