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There are 10 solid colored balls in a box, including 1 Green and 1 Yellow. If 3 of the balls in the box are chosen at random, without replacement, what is the probability that the 3 balls chosen will include the Green ball but not the yellow ball. A. 1/6 B. 7/30 C. 1/4 D. 3/10 E. 4/15 Experts, request you to please explain this using both Combiantion approach as well as probability approach.
Also, one more doubt, can we solve this question using 1 P(Green, Yellow and Other ball) approach Thanks H
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imhimanshu wrote: There are 10 solid colored balls in a box,including 1 Green and 1 Yellow. If 3 of the balls in the box are chosen at random, without replacement, what is the probability that the 3 balls chosen will include the Green ball but not the yellow ball.
A. 1/6 B. 7/30 C. 1/4 D. 3/10 E. 4/15
Experts, request you to please explain this using both Combiantion approach as well as probability approach.
Also, one more doubt, can we solve this question using 1 P(Green, Yellow and Other ball) approach Thanks H We have that there are 1 Green (G), 1 Yellow (Y) and 8 some other colors (X) balls in the box. Approach #1:We need to find the probability of GXX. \(P(GXX)=\frac{1}{10}*\frac{8}{9}*\frac{7}{8}*\frac{3!}{2!}=\frac{7}{30}\), we are multiplying by \(\frac{3!}{2!}\) since GXX scenario could occur in 3 ways: GXX, XGX, or XXG (the number of permutations of 3 letters GXX out of which 2 X's are identical). Answer: B. Approach #2:\(P=\frac{C^2_8*C^1_1}{C^3_{10}}=\frac{7}{30}\), where \(C^2_8\) is ways to select 2 other color balls out of 8, \(C^1_1\) is ways to select 1 green ball, and \(C^3_{10}\) is total ways to select 3 balls out of 10. Answer: B. Hope it's clear.
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the worst case is Some colorsome another color Green ok, we have 10 balls , 1 of them is yellow, and the another one is green. need to find that worst case 3*(8/10)*(7/9)*(1/8)=7/30 here the integer 3 means that u can order Some colorsome another colorgreen in 3 ways (green some csome an.c.; some cgreensome an.c.some c.some an.c.green) 8/10 means that u can select 8 (10 minus 1 yellow minus 1 green color) out of 10 colors 7/9 means that u can select 7 (9 minus 1 yellow minus 1 green color) out of 9 remaining colors 1/8 means that u have only one green out of 8 remaining colors hope it helps
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imhimanshu wrote: There are 10 solid colored balls in a box, including 1 Green and 1 Yellow. If 3 of the balls in the box are chosen at random, without replacement, what is the probability that the 3 balls chosen will include the Green ball but not the yellow ball.
A. 1/6 B. 7/30 C. 1/4 D. 3/10 E. 4/15
Experts, request you to please explain this using both Combiantion approach as well as probability approach.
Also, one more doubt, can we solve this question using 1 P(Green, Yellow and Other ball) approach Thanks H Probability approach, direct not for the complementary event (it is more complicated, not worth trying in this case: it can be one G and also one Y or neither G nor Y, plus an additional different color): P(G) * P(noG & noY) * P( another noG & noY) * 3 = 1/10 * 8/9 * 7/8 * 3 = 7/30. We need the factor of 3 because the Green ball can be either the first, second or third. Answer: B
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Hi Bunuel, Thanks for the reply. I was able to solve it using Approach # 2. But I have doubt in Approach # 1 . Request you to please provide your comments. Isn't it an assumption that remaining 8 balls are of same color. If the remaining 8 balls each of them are of different color, then the number of arrangements will get changed and hence probability. Please tell me what I am missing Thanks. H Bunuel wrote: We have that there are 1 Green (G), 1 Yellow (Y) and 8 some other colors (X) balls in the box.



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imhimanshu wrote: Hi Bunuel, Thanks for the reply. I was able to solve it using Approach # 2. But I have doubt in Approach # 1 . Request you to please provide your comments. Isn't it an assumption that remaining 8 balls are of same color. If the remaining 8 balls each of them are of different color, then the number of arrangements will get changed and hence probability. Please tell me what I am missing Thanks. H Bunuel wrote: We have that there are 1 Green (G), 1 Yellow (Y) and 8 some other colors (X) balls in the box.
We are not assuming that 8 other balls are necessarily of some one particular color: they can be of one color or 8 different colors, but for us the only thing which is important that they are of different color than green and yellow. Consider this: if the first ball selected is green then we are left with 9 balls out of which 1 is yellow and 8 other balls are not yellow (that's the only thing we care), so the probability of selecting nonyellow ball is 8/9. Hope it's clear.
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Hi Bunuel, I would like to apologize in advance for asking such a "weird" question but i would still like to know: Why did u consider that the remaining 8 balls did not have a green or yellow or both in them as well. I mean the question didn't state that the 1 G and 1 Y were the ONLY balls present, right? But, I guess in PS questions we DO need an answer, so i can understand your logic. In that case, what would happen if this were a DS question? (I mean this IS a 700 level question, right?)
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Aki wrote: Hi Bunuel,
I would like to apologize in advance for asking such a "weird" question but i would still like to know:
Why did u consider that the remaining 8 balls did not have a green or yellow or both in them as well. I mean the question didn't state that the 1 G and 1 Y were the ONLY balls present, right?
But, I guess in PS questions we DO need an answer, so i can understand your logic. In that case, what would happen if this were a DS question? (I mean this IS a 700 level question, right?) But we ARE told that there is is only 1 green ball and only 1 yellow ball in the box, because "there are 10 solid colored balls in a box, including 1 Green and 1 Yellow" means exactly that. How else? Would it make ANY sense if there were for example 2 green balls and we were told that "there are 10 solid colored balls in a box, including 1 Green and 1 Yellow"?
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Bunuel wrote: Aki wrote: Hi Bunuel,
I would like to apologize in advance for asking such a "weird" question but i would still like to know:
Why did u consider that the remaining 8 balls did not have a green or yellow or both in them as well. I mean the question didn't state that the 1 G and 1 Y were the ONLY balls present, right?
But, I guess in PS questions we DO need an answer, so i can understand your logic. In that case, what would happen if this were a DS question? (I mean this IS a 700 level question, right?) But we ARE told that there is is only 1 green ball and only 1 yellow ball in the box, because "there are 10 solid colored balls in a box, including 1 Green and 1 Yellow" means exactly that. How else? Would it make ANY sense if there were for example 2 green balls and we were told that "there are 10 solid colored balls in a box, including 1 Green and 1 Yellow"? Hmm.. yeah, that does make sense. I'm a nonnative English speaker so I tend to overanalyze simple things. In this case, since the word only was missing i.e. there are 10 solid colored balls in a box, including exactly/only 1 Green and 1 Yellow . But yeah, in retrospect this is a Quant question not a Verbal SC Thanks for the explanation
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Bunuel question for youand it may be dumb. When I tried the problem I knew that there were three possibilities for getting the green ball. However, I ended up calculating the probabilities for each scenario. Do we know that the probably is the same for each scenario or could it be different?



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Bunuel wrote: plock3vr wrote: Bunuel question for youand it may be dumb. When I tried the problem I knew that there were three possibilities for getting the green ball. However, I ended up calculating the probabilities for each scenario. Do we know that the probably is the same for each scenario or could it be different? The probability of each case will be the same: {GXX}  \(P=\frac{1}{10}*\frac{8}{9}*\frac{7}{8}=\frac{7}{90}\); {XGX}  \(P=\frac{8}{10}*\frac{1}{9}*\frac{7}{8}=\frac{7}{90}\); {XXG}  \(P=\frac{8}{10}*\frac{7}{9}*\frac{1}{8}=\frac{7}{90}\); The sum: \(\frac{7}{90}+\frac{7}{90}+\frac{7}{90}=\frac{7}{30}\). Hope it helps. In the second case {XGX}  \(P=\frac{ 8}{10}*\frac{1}{9}*\frac{7}{8}=\frac{7}{90}\), how did we get 8/10? If we are considering any ball other than green, why is it not 9/10?



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theGame001 wrote: Bunuel wrote: plock3vr wrote: Bunuel question for youand it may be dumb. When I tried the problem I knew that there were three possibilities for getting the green ball. However, I ended up calculating the probabilities for each scenario. Do we know that the probably is the same for each scenario or could it be different? The probability of each case will be the same: {GXX}  \(P=\frac{1}{10}*\frac{8}{9}*\frac{7}{8}=\frac{7}{90}\); {XGX}  \(P=\frac{8}{10}*\frac{1}{9}*\frac{7}{8}=\frac{7}{90}\); {XXG}  \(P=\frac{8}{10}*\frac{7}{9}*\frac{1}{8}=\frac{7}{90}\); The sum: \(\frac{7}{90}+\frac{7}{90}+\frac{7}{90}=\frac{7}{30}\). Hope it helps. In the second case {XGX}  \(P=\frac{ 8}{10}*\frac{1}{9}*\frac{7}{8}=\frac{7}{90}\), how did we get 8/10? If we are considering any ball other than green, why is it not 9/10? Because we don't need the yellow ball, X is any but green and yellow.
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Bunuel wrote: plock3vr wrote: Bunuel question for youand it may be dumb. When I tried the problem I knew that there were three possibilities for getting the green ball. However, I ended up calculating the probabilities for each scenario. Do we know that the probably is the same for each scenario or could it be different? The probability of each case will be the same: {GXX}  \(P=\frac{1}{10}*\frac{8}{9}*\frac{7}{8}=\frac{7}{90}\); {XGX}  \(P=\frac{8}{10}*\frac{1}{9}*\frac{7}{8}=\frac{7}{90}\); {XXG}  \(P=\frac{8}{10}*\frac{7}{9}*\frac{1}{8}=\frac{7}{90}\); The sum: \(\frac{7}{90}+\frac{7}{90}+\frac{7}{90}=\frac{7}{30}\). Hope it helps. Bunuel, is there any way to know beforehand that all scenarios will be the same? I always write them out to see whether they are the same or not. Thanks.
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Ergenekon wrote: Bunuel wrote: plock3vr wrote: Bunuel question for youand it may be dumb. When I tried the problem I knew that there were three possibilities for getting the green ball. However, I ended up calculating the probabilities for each scenario. Do we know that the probably is the same for each scenario or could it be different? The probability of each case will be the same: {GXX}  \(P=\frac{1}{10}*\frac{8}{9}*\frac{7}{8}=\frac{7}{90}\); {XGX}  \(P=\frac{8}{10}*\frac{1}{9}*\frac{7}{8}=\frac{7}{90}\); {XXG}  \(P=\frac{8}{10}*\frac{7}{9}*\frac{1}{8}=\frac{7}{90}\); The sum: \(\frac{7}{90}+\frac{7}{90}+\frac{7}{90}=\frac{7}{30}\). Hope it helps. Bunuel, is there any way to know beforehand that all scenarios will be the same? I always write them out to see whether they are the same or not. Thanks. 1 G and 2 X's has the same probability no matter the order.
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imhimanshu wrote: There are 10 solid colored balls in a box, including 1 Green and 1 Yellow. If 3 of the balls in the box are chosen at random, without replacement, what is the probability that the 3 balls chosen will include the Green ball but not the yellow ball.
A. 1/6 B. 7/30 C. 1/4 D. 3/10 E. 4/15
Experts, request you to please explain this using both Combiantion approach as well as probability approach.
Also, one more doubt, can we solve this question using 1 P(Green, Yellow and Other ball) approach Thanks H Let the other color be X. First pick \(= \frac{1}{10}\)  (Picking green ball or X but Not yellow) Second pick \(= \frac{8}{9}\)  (Picking green ball or X but Not yellow) Third pick \(= \frac{7}{8}\)  (Picking green ball or X but Not yellow) There are 3 ways to pick the required combination. GXX, XGX, XXG Therefore required probability \(= 3 * \frac{1}{10}*\frac{8}{9}*\frac{7}{8} = \frac{7}{30}\) . Answer (B)...



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imhimanshu wrote: There are 10 solid colored balls in a box, including 1 Green and 1 Yellow. If 3 of the balls in the box are chosen at random, without replacement, what is the probability that the 3 balls chosen will include the Green ball but not the yellow ball.
A. 1/6 B. 7/30 C. 1/4 D. 3/10 E. 4/15 The number of ways to select 3 balls that include the green ball but not the yellow ball is: 1C1 x 1C0 x 8C2 = 1 x 1 x (8 x 7)/2! = 28 ways (Note: 1C1 is the number of ways to select 1 green ball from the 1 green ball, 1C0 is the number of ways to select 0 yellow ball from the 1 yellow ball, and 8C2 is the number of ways to select 2 balls from the 8 remaining balls.) The number of ways to select 3 balls from 10 is: 10C3 = (10 x 9 x 8)/3! = (10 x 9 x 8)/(3 x 2) = 120 Thus, the probability that the 3 balls chosen will include the Green ball but not the yellow ball is 28/120 = 7/30. Alternate Solution: Let’s first determine the probability of selecting the one green ball on the first draw and any of the remaining balls (except the yellow ball) on the succeeding two draws: 1/10 x 8/9 x 7/8 = 56/720. Now, we see that we could also pick the green ball on the second draw, with any ball (except the yellow one) on the first and third draws, with probability: 8/10 x 1/9 x ⅞ = 56/720. Similarly, we could instead pick the green ball on the third draw, with any ball (except the yellow one) on the first and second draws, with probability: 8/10 x 7/9 x 1/8 = 56/720. Thus the total probability for the event where the green ball is drawn but the yellow one is not is: 56/720 + 56/720 + 56/720 = 168/720 = 21/90 = 7/30. Answer: B
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