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If a fair die is rolled three times, what is the probability that a 3 occurs on at least one roll?

A) 25/36

B) 125/216

C) 91/216

D) 11/36

E) 36/216
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If a fair die is rolled three times, what is the probability that a 3 occurs on at least one roll?

A) 25/36

B) 125/216

C) 91/216

D) 11/36

E) 36/216


Questions such as these that talk about "at least" or "maximum" or "minimum" in probability questions should make sure realize that probability of any event (N) to occur = 1- P(Not N)

Thus, the probability of at least 1 roll = 1- Probability of NO 3s = 1- (5/6)(5/6)(5/6) = 1-125/216 = 91/216.

5/6 is the probability of NOT getting a 3 in any 1 roll with 5 allowed numbers (=1,2,4,5,6) out of a total of 6 possibilities.

C is thus the correct answer.

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If a fair die is rolled three times, what is the probability that a 3 occurs on at least one roll?

a 25/36
b 125/216
c 91/216
d 11/36
e 36/216


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can someone please explain how the answer is 91/216?


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If a fair die is rolled three times, what is the probability that a 3 occurs on at least one roll?

a 25/36
b 125/216
c 91/216
d 11/36
e 36/216


can someone please explain how the answer is 91/216?


thanks !!!


probability that a 3 occurs on one roll= 1/6
--> probability that a 3 does not occurs on one roll= 1- (1/6) = 5/6

Now, probability that a 3 occurs on at least one roll= 1- (probability that a 3 occurs on none of the 3 rolls)
=1- (5/6 * 5/6 * 5/6) = 1- (125/216) = 91/216

Hence C is the answer.


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If a fair die is rolled three times, what is the probability that a 3 occurs on at least one roll?

A) 25/36

B) 125/216

C) 91/216

D) 11/36

E) 36/216


Probability of 3 occurs \(= \frac{1}{6}\)

Probability of 3 does not occurs \(= \frac{5}{6}\)

Probability of not getting 3 in three dice rolls \(= \frac{5}{6} * \frac{5}{6} * \frac{5}{6}\)

Probability of not getting 3 in three dice rolls \(= \frac{125}{216}\)

Probability of getting 3 in three dice rolls \(= 1 - \frac{125}{216}\)

\(= \frac{(216 - 125)}{216}\)

\(= \frac{91}{216}\)

Hence, Answer is C
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I'm brainfarting right now - how would you go about calculating this the other way, i.e. that the 3 appears at least once?

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If a fair die is rolled three times, what is the probability that a 3 occurs on at least one roll?

A) 25/36

B) 125/216

C) 91/216

D) 11/36

E) 36/216


We can use the following formula:

1 = P(at least one three) + P(no threes)

Let’s determine P(no threes):

5/6 x 5/6 x 5/6 = 125/216

Thus, P(at least one three) is 1 - 125/216 = 91/216.

Answer: C
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Probability of obtaining 3 = 1/6

Probability of not getting 3 = 1-1/6 = 5/6

Probability of getting 3 at least once = 1- Probability of never getting 3 (Getting 3 once, twice or thrice and Never getting 3 are mutually exclusive events)

Thus, Probability of getting 3 at least once in 3 rolls of die= 1- (Probability of never getting 3 in 3 rolls of die

= 1- (5/)*(5/6)*(5/6)
=1-125/216
=91/216
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