Bunuel wrote:

Out of 2 broken TV sets and 6 fixed TV sets in Joe's Fix-My-LCD store, 2 sets are selected randomly. What is the probability that at least 1 set is broken?

A. 11/28

B. 13/28

C. 15/28

D. 1/5

E. 1/8

We are given that there are 2 broken TV sets and 6 fixed TV sets and need to determine the probability that when 2 TV sets are selected, at least 1 is broken. Recall that the phrase “at least one” means “one or more.”

We can use the following formula:

1 = P(at least 1 set is broken) + P(no sets are broken)

Thus:

P(at least 1 set is broken) = 1 - P(no sets are broken)

P(no sets are broken) = 6/8 x 5/7 = 3/4 x 5/7 = 15/28

P(at least 1 set is broken) = 1 - 15/28 = 13/28

Answer: B

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