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Annie has 100 cards numbered 1 through 100. If she deals five cards to Alex, without replacing any of them, what is the probability that Alex will get five consecutive numbers?

A. 95!/100!

B. 96!/100!

C. (95! X 5!)/100!

D. (96! X 5!)/100!

E. (97! X 4!)/100!
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Annie has 100 cards numbered 1 through 100. If she deals five cards to Alex, without replacing any of them, what is the probability that Alex will get five consecutive numbers?

A. 95!/100!

B. 96!/100!

C. (95! X 5!)/100!

D. (96! X 5!)/100!

E. (97! X 4!)/100!


I guess it's not necessary Alex to get 5 consecutive cards in ascending order, to have 5 consecutive at the end is good enough.

There are 96 consecutive numbers in 100: {1, 2, 3, 4, 5}, {2, 3, 4, 5, 6}, ..., {96, 97, 98, 99, 100};
Total ways to pick 5 cards out of 100 is \(C^5_{100}\);

So, \(P=\frac{favorable \ outcomes}{total \ # \ of \ outcomes}=\frac{96}{C^5_{100}}=\frac{5!*96!}{100!}\).

Answer: D.
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Nice question! THanks for the explanation.

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excellent explanation... bunuel, you make tough questions seems so simple.... Awesome...
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