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# In a panel of 10 light bulbs, the odds of any light bulb to burn out

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In a panel of 10 light bulbs, the odds of any light bulb to burn out [#permalink]

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In a panel of 10 light bulbs, the odds of any light bulb to burn out are 0.06 at any given 10 minutes. Should a light bulb burn out, the whole panel would instantly turn off. What are the odds that the panel would be turned off within the first 10 minutes after it was switched on?

(A) 1-0.06^10
(B) 1-0.94^10
(C) (1-0.94)^10
(D) 0.06
(E) 1-10*0.06
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

Last edited by dimri10 on 06 Jul 2011, 13:30, edited 1 time in total.
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06 Jul 2011, 12:59
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IMO B...but is B [1 - (0.94^10)] because thats what I am getting.

solution : consider in 10 minutes space
1 light bulb can go off P = 0.06
so, P that the lightbulb does not go off = 1-0.06 =.94
now we have 10 lightbulbs. Their functioning properly forms a mutually exclusive set of events.
therefore, P that all of them function properly = .94 * .94 (10 times) = .94^10
now, for the whole system to trip even 1 faulty bulb is enough.
therefore, we need P(at least one trips)
which is P(at least one) = 1 - P(none trip) = 1 - P(all function properly) = 1 - 0.94^10
Ans B
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06 Jul 2011, 13:30
fivedaysleft wrote:
IMO B...but is B [1 - (0.94^10)] because thats what I am getting.

solution : consider in 10 minutes space
1 light bulb can go off P = 0.06
so, P that the lightbulb does not go off = 1-0.06 =.94
now we have 10 lightbulbs. Their functioning properly forms a mutually exclusive set of events.
therefore, P that all of them function properly = .94 * .94 (10 times) = .94^10
now, for the whole system to trip even 1 faulty bulb is enough.
therefore, we need P(at least one trips)
which is P(at least one) = 1 - P(none trip) = 1 - P(all function properly) = 1 - 0.94^10
Ans B

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Re: In a panel of 10 light bulbs, the odds of any light bulb to burn out [#permalink]

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08 Aug 2011, 12:52
dimri10 wrote:
In a panel of 10 light bulbs, the odds of any light bulb to burn out are 0.06 at any given 10
minutes. Should a light bulb burn out, the whole panel would instantly turn off. What are
the odds that the panel would be turned off within the first 10 minutes after it was switched
on?
(A) 1-0.06^10
(B) 1-0.94^10
(C) (1-0.94)^10
(D) 0.06
(E) 1-10*0.06

ans B.

Prob that light will not turned off = 0,94^10. Hence prob (turn off) = 1 - prob (not turn off).
Re: In a panel of 10 light bulbs, the odds of any light bulb to burn out   [#permalink] 08 Aug 2011, 12:52
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