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Three persons P, Q and R independently try to hit a target.

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Three persons P, Q and R independently try to hit a target. If the probabilities of their hitting the target are 3/4,1/2 & 5/8 respectively, then the probability that the target is hit by P or Q but not by R is

A) 21/64
B) 9/64
C) 15/64
D) 39/64
E) 27/64

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Probability of p or q but not r =(3/4)(1/2)(3/8)+(1/4)(1/2)(3/8)+(3/4)(1/2)(3/8)= 21/64

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I used the formula \(P(AorB)=P(A)+P(B)-P(AB)\)
The above formula needed to be modified to also allow for R missing

Use 1-P for R missing, \(1-\frac{5}{8}=\frac{3}{8}\)

\(P(PorQnotR)=P(PnotR)+P(QnotR)-P(PQnotR)\)
\(P(PorQnotR)=\frac{3}{4}*\frac{3}{8}+\frac{1}{2}*\frac{3}{8}-\frac{3}{4}*\frac{1}{2}*\frac{3}{8}\)
\(P(PorQnotR)=\frac{9}{32}+\frac{3}{16}-\frac{9}{64}\)
\(P(PorQnotR)=\frac{18}{64}+\frac{12}{64}-\frac{9}{64}\)
\(P(PorQnotR)=\frac{21}{64}\)

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