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reto wrote: There are 10 books on a shelf: 5 English books, 3 Spanish books and 2 Portuguese books. What is the probability of choosing 2 books in different languages?
A. 31/90 B. 3/10 C. 1/3 D. 31/45 E. 28/90 Probability = Favourable outcome / Total Outcome = 1 (Unfavourable outcome / Total Outcome)METHOD1Favourable OutcomesCase1: One book is English (out of 5 English books) and one book is Spanish (out of 3 Spanish books) i.e. 5C1*3C1 Case2: One book is Spanish (out of 3 Spanish books) and one book is Portuguese (out of 2 Portuguese books) i.e. 3C1*2C1 Case3: One book is English (out of 5 English books) and one book is Portuguese (out of 2 Portuguese books) i.e. 5C1*2C1 Total favourable Outcomes = 5C1*3C1+3C1*2C1+5C1*2C1 = 15+6+10 = 31Total Possible Outcomes = 10C2 = 45i.e. Probability = 31/45METHOD2(Taking arrangement of books into account Case1: One book is English (out of 5 English books) and one book is Spanish (out of 3 Spanish books) i.e. 5*3*2! (with arrangement) Case2: One book is Spanish (out of 3 Spanish books) and one book is Portuguese (out of 2 Portuguese books) i.e. 3*2*2! (with arrangement) Case3: One book is English (out of 5 English books) and one book is Portuguese (out of 2 Portuguese books) i.e. 5*2*2! (with arrangement) Total favourable Outcomes = 5*3*2!+3*2*2!+5*2*2! = 30+12+20 = 62 Total Possible Outcomes = 10*9 = 90 i.e. Probability = 62/90 = 31/4METHOD3Unfavourable OutcomesCase1: Both selected books are English books (out of 5 English books) = 5C2 Case2: Both selected books are Spanish books (out of 3 English books) = 3C2 Case3: Both selected books are Portuguese books (out of 2 Portuguese books) = 2C2 Total Unfavourable Outcomes = 5C2+3C2+2C2 = 10+3+1 = 14Total Possible Outcomes = 10C2 = 45i.e. Probability = 1 (14/45) = 31/45
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reto wrote: There are 10 books on a shelf: 5 English books, 3 Spanish books and 2 Portuguese books. What is the probability of choosing 2 books in different languages?
A. 31/90 B. 3/10 C. 1/3 D. 31/45 E. 28/90 ES + EP + SP = 2*5/10*3/9 + 2*5/10*2/9 + 2*3/10*2/9 = 31/45. Each time we are multiplying by 2 because each case has two ways of occurring. For example, EnglishSpanish can be picked as English first then Spanish as well as Spanish first then English. Answer: D.
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Bunuel wrote: reto wrote: There are 10 books on a shelf: 5 English books, 3 Spanish books and 2 Portuguese books. What is the probability of choosing 2 books in different languages?
A. 31/90 B. 3/10 C. 1/3 D. 31/45 E. 28/90 ES + EP + SP = 2*5/10*3/9 + 2*5/10*2/9 + 2*3/10*2/9 = 31/45. Each time we are multiplying by 2 because each case has two ways of occurring. For example, EnglishSpanish can be picked as English first then Spanish as well as Spanish first then English. Answer: D. Bunuel, You multiply by 2 each case has two ways of occurring. But Is important to pick English first then Spanish or Spanish first then English? I think both are the same so we do not need to multiply by 2. I hope you can help. Thanks



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Mo2men wrote: Bunuel wrote: reto wrote: There are 10 books on a shelf: 5 English books, 3 Spanish books and 2 Portuguese books. What is the probability of choosing 2 books in different languages?
A. 31/90 B. 3/10 C. 1/3 D. 31/45 E. 28/90 ES + EP + SP = 2*5/10*3/9 + 2*5/10*2/9 + 2*3/10*2/9 = 31/45. Each time we are multiplying by 2 because each case has two ways of occurring. For example, EnglishSpanish can be picked as English first then Spanish as well as Spanish first then English. Answer: D. Bunuel, You multiply by 2 each case has two ways of occurring. But Is important to pick English first then Spanish or Spanish first then English? I think both are the same so we do not need to multiply by 2. I hope you can help. Thanks The point is that EnglishSpanish CAN occur in two ways, so we should account for both cases. It's not a matter of importance.
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The point is that EnglishSpanish CAN occur in two ways, so we should account for both cases. It's not a matter of importance.[/quote]
I used "important" by mistake. I mean is it a matter of arrangement? I still did not get your point. Can you please elaborate your point with an example ?
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reto wrote: There are 10 books on a shelf: 5 English books, 3 Spanish books and 2 Portuguese books. What is the probability of choosing 2 books in different languages?
A. 31/90 B. 3/10 C. 1/3 D. 31/45 E. 28/90 My attempt  Ways of choosing two books from 3 groups(one book from English AND other from Spanish OR one book from Spanish AND other from Portuguese OR one book from English AND other from Portuguese ) = 5C1 *3C1 +3C1 *2C1 +5C1 *2C1 = 15+6+10 = 31 Total ways of choosing from 10 books = 10C2 = 45 Probability of choosing 2 books in different languages = 31/45.
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Mo2men wrote: The point is that EnglishSpanish CAN occur in two ways, so we should account for both cases. It's not a matter of importance.
I used "important" by mistake. I mean is it a matter of arrangement? I still did not get your point. Can you please elaborate your point with an example ?
Thanks in advance for your support You are right about cause of your mistake10C2 is 45 which is PURE SELECTION (WITHOUT ARRANGEMENT) so We Don't need to take the arrangement of occurrence of two book EnglishSpanish for the given total outcomes (10C2) because total outcomes doesn't include arrangement If you take two cases of spanishEnglish and English Spanish then you will have to take the total outcome in 10*9 = 90 ways i.e. Total favourable Outcomes = 5*3*2!+3*2*2!+5*2*2! = 30+12+20 = 62 Total Possible Outcomes = 10*9 = 90 i.e. Probability = 62/90 = 31/45I hope it helps!
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balamoon: Why didnt we multiply by 2 for each selection of book??



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Shree9975 wrote: balamoon: Why didnt we multiply by 2 for each selection of book?? Why should we? Please explain. Keep in mind: order does not matter.
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Shree9975 wrote: balamoon: Why didnt we multiply by 2 for each selection of book?? To add to what reto has mentioned above, selecting an English book and then a Spanish book will NOT be different from selecting a Spanish book and then an English book. You only need to select books from 2 books . Consider the question this way: The desired probability = 1  (probability of selecting 2 books of the same language) = \(1 \frac{5C2+3C2+2C2}{10C2}\) = 31/45



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Bunuel wrote: reto wrote: There are 10 books on a shelf: 5 English books, 3 Spanish books and 2 Portuguese books. What is the probability of choosing 2 books in different languages?
A. 31/90 B. 3/10 C. 1/3 D. 31/45 E. 28/90 ES + EP + SP = 2*5/10*3/9 + 2*5/10*2/9 + 2*3/10*2/9 = 31/45. Each time we are multiplying by 2 because each case has two ways of occurring. For example, EnglishSpanish can be picked as English first then Spanish as well as Spanish first then English. Answer: D. Hi, isnt this Q slightly incomplete.. the wordings mean the prob of choosing two books of different languages.. I would take it to mean.. the 2 books of different languages can be chosen in following ways.. 1) 3 books one of one language and two of second language.. 2) 4 books 2 of one language and two of second language.. 3) 2 books one of two languages each.. and so on I think if the Q is supposed to mean what it actually wants to, the Q should be.. " what is the prob of the 2 books chosen to be of different languages?"
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The probaility of taking two same books:
(5/10*4/9)+(3/10*2/9)+(2/10*1/9)=28/90
128/90=62/90=31/45
Combination approach:
(5C1*3C1)+(5C1*2C1)+(3C1*2C1)/10C2 = 15+10+6/45=31/45
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Required probability = (5C1 * 3C1) + (5C1 * 2C1) + (3C1 * 2C1)/10C2 = 15 + 10 + 6/45 = 31/45. Ans (D).
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reto wrote: There are 10 books on a shelf: 5 English books, 3 Spanish books and 2 Portuguese books. What is the probability of choosing 2 books in different languages?
A. 31/90 B. 3/10 C. 1/3 D. 31/45 E. 28/90 We can use the formula: P(choosing two books of different language) = 1  P(choosing two books of same language) So our options are 2 English, 2 Spanish or 2 Portuguese books. 2 English books can be chosen in: 5C2 = (5 x 4)/2! = 10 ways 2 Spanish books can be chose in: 3C2 = 3 ways 2 Portuguese books can be chosen in: 2C2 = 1 way The total ways to select 2 books from 10 is: 10C2 = (10 x 9)/2 = 45 ways So P(choosing two books of same language) = (3 + 10 + 1)/45 = 14/45. Thus, P(choosing two books of different language) = 1  14/45 = 31/45. Alternate Solution: If the first book is an English book (for which there is a 5/10 = 1/2 probability), the second book can be any of the 3 + 2 = 5 books among the 9 remaining books. Therefore, the probability of choosing an English book followed by a book in a different language is 1/2 x 5/9 = 5/18. If the first book is a Spanish book (for which there is a 3/10 probability), the second book can be any of the 5 + 2 = 7 books among the 9 remaining books. Therefore, the probability of choosing an Spanish book followed by a book in a different language is 3/10 x 7/9 = 21/90 = 7/30. If the first book is a Portuguese book (for which there is a 2/10 = 1/5 probability), the second book can be any of the 5 + 3 = 8 books among the 9 remaining books. Therefore, the probability of choosing an Portuguese book followed by a book in a different language is 1/5 x 8/9 = 8/45. Therefore, the total probability of choosing two books in different languages is 5/18 + 7/30 + 8/45 = 25/90 + 21/90 + 16/90 = 62/90 = 31/45. Answer: D
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Chetan is correct above that the wording of the question is bad  any probability question needs to specify precisely what you're selecting and how you're doing it. How many books are we picking? Are we picking them randomly? Are we picking them with replacement or without? You need to know all of these things to answer a probability question, and any real GMAT question would be clear about them. It is generally easiest in probability questions to assume you are making your selections in order (unless you've practiced a different way a lot and have become comfortable with it). So here, it's easiest to assume we're picking a first book and then a second book. Then we don't need to worry about whether to divide by any factorials anywhere. We have three ways to pick two different books: English AND something else... OR... Spanish AND something else... OR... Portuguese AND something else We just need to add the probabilities of each of these three cases ("OR" means "add"), and to evaluate each case, we multiply ("AND" means "multiply") : (5/10)(5/9) + (3/10)(7/9) + (2/10)(8/9) = (25 + 21 + 16)/90 = 62/90 = 31/45
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reto wrote: There are 10 books on a shelf: 5 English books, 3 Spanish books and 2 Portuguese books. What is the probability of choosing 2 books in different languages?
A. 31/90 B. 3/10 C. 1/3 D. 31/45 E. 28/90 Let's use the complement. That is, P(Event A happening) = 1  P(Event A not happening) So, here we get: P( 2 different languages) = 1  P(NOT 2 different languages)So, we can write: P(2 different languages) = 1  P(the 2 languages are the SAME)P(the 2 languages are the SAME)P(the 2 languages are the SAME) = P(both books are English OR both books are Spanish OR both books are Portuguese ) = P(both books are English) + P(both books are Spanish) + P(both books are Portuguese ) = P(1st book is English AND 2nd book is English) + P(1st book is Spanish AND 2nd book is Spanish) + P(1st book is Portuguese AND 2nd book is Portuguese) = [P(1st book is English) x P(2nd book is English)] + [P(1st book is Spanish) x P(2nd book is Spanish)] + [P(1st book is Portuguese) x (P(2nd book is Portuguese)] = [5/10 x 4/9] + [3/10 x 2/9] + [2/10 x 1/9] = 20/90 + 6/90 + 2/90 = 28/90 = 14/45So, P(2 different languages) = 1  14/45= 31/45 Answer: D Cheers, Brent
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