Bunuel wrote:
In a recent street fair students were challenged to hit one of the shaded triangular regions on the large equilateral triangular board below with a ping pong ball. Each of the triangular regions is an equilateral triangle whose side is a third of the length of the large triangle board. If the ping pong ball hits the large triangular region
in a random point, what is the probability of hitting a shaded triangle?
A. 1/5
B. 1/4
C. 1/3
D. 1/2
E. 2/3
\(? = P\left( {{\text{hit}}\,\,{\text{shaded}}\,\,{\text{region}}} \right)\)
\(\frac{{{S_{{\text{each}}\,\Delta {\text{shaded}}}}}}{{{S_{\Delta {\text{large}}}}}} = {\left( {\frac{1}{3}} \right)^2} = \frac{1}{9}\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\left[ {\,{\text{each}}\,\,\Delta {\text{shaded}}\,\,{\text{is}}\,\,{\text{similar}}\,\,{\text{to}}\,\,{\text{the}}\,\,\Delta {\text{large}}\,} \right]\)
\(? = 3 \cdot \frac{1}{9} = \frac{1}{3}\,\,\,\,\,\,\left( {{\text{geometric}}\,\,{\text{probability}}} \right)\)
This solution follows the notations and rationale taught in the GMATH method.
Regards,
Fabio.
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