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Of the 750 participants in a professional meeting, 450 are female and 1/2 of the female and 1/4 of the male participants are less than thirty years old. If one of the participants will be randomly selected to receive a prize, what is the probability that the person selected will be less than thirty years old?


A) \(\frac{1}{8}\)

B) \(\frac{1}{3}\)

C) \(\frac{3}{8}\)

D) \(\frac{2}{5}\)

E) \(\frac{3}{4}\)

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Of the 750 participants in a professional meeting, 450 are female and 1/2 of the female and 1/4 of the male participants are less than thirty years old. If one of the participants will be randomly selected to receive a prize, what is the probability that the person selected will be less than thirty years old?


A) \(\frac{1}{8}\)

B) \(\frac{1}{3}\)

C) \(\frac{3}{8}\)

D) \(\frac{2}{5}\)

E) \(\frac{3}{4}\)



Let's write things out in an organized fashion so we don't get confused.
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750 participants
450 female
1/2 of female = 225 less than 30
1/4 of male = 1/4 of (750 - 450) = 1/4 of 300 = 75 less than 30

So there are a total of 225 + 75 = 300 less than 30.
Then our probability is 300/750 = 30/75 = 10/25 = 2/5

(D) is our answer.
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Bunuel wrote:
Of the 750 participants in a professional meeting, 450 are female and 1/2 of the female and 1/4 of the male participants are less than thirty years old. If one of the participants will be randomly selected to receive a prize, what is the probability that the person selected will be less than thirty years old?


A) \(\frac{1}{8}\)

B) \(\frac{1}{3}\)

C) \(\frac{3}{8}\)

D) \(\frac{2}{5}\)

E) \(\frac{3}{4}\)


We see that we have 750 - 450 = 300 males in the meeting. Furthermore, ½(450) = 225 females and ¼(300) = 75 males are less than thirty years old. Therefore, the probability of selecting a person younger than 30 is (225 + 75)/750 = 300/750 = 2/5.

Answer: D
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Male candidates= 750-450 = 300
½(female candidates)= 225 females candidates < 30 years.
¼(male candidates)=75 males candidates <30 years.
Total candidates less than 30 years= 225+75 = 300candidates.
Probability= 300/750 = 2/5.
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