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## #1 2014-06-24 09:32:45

alake74895
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### Help with Probability problems

Can anyone give me some help on these problems?

We choose a positive divisor of 20^{20} at random (with all divisors equally likely to be chosen). What is the probability that we chose a multiple of 10^{10}?

The four jacks, queens, and kings from a standard deck of cards are shuffled, and three cards are dealt to each of four players. Compute the probability that each player gets one jack, one queen, and one king.

Should I use constructive counting to solve these problems?

## #2 2014-06-24 11:56:25

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

Hi;

The four jacks, queens, and kings from a standard deck of cards are shuffled, and three cards are dealt to each of four players. Compute the probability that each player gets one jack, one queen, and one king.

I am getting,

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## #3 2014-06-24 12:11:50

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

What are you getting for the first one?

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## #4 2014-06-24 12:22:15

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

That is correct, I just finished it!

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #5 2014-06-24 12:58:29

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

Hi bobbyn

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #6 2014-06-24 13:16:08

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

Then divide by 2.

Seriously, I have done it in 2 ways. One was by actual count.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #7 2014-06-24 13:20:26

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

How many cases do you have when they get one each?

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
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## #8 2014-06-24 13:23:38

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

I am not following you? Do you mean a JQK?

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #9 2014-06-24 13:26:09

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

Yep.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #10 2014-06-24 13:31:39

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

There are 1296 of those exactly.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #11 2014-06-24 13:37:24

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

How are you getting that? I am getting 13824.

Maybe you are regarding the players as being the same?

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
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## #12 2014-06-24 13:40:20

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

Yes, I am regarding them as the same.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #13 2014-06-24 13:46:02

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

Hm, something tells me that shouldn't change the outcome, though.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #14 2014-06-24 13:47:44

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

If we regard them as 4 different players then I would multiply by 24.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #15 2014-06-24 13:50:39

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

I know. What do you get for total?

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #16 2014-06-24 13:53:36

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

Total number of ways is a Mississippi problem.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #17 2014-06-24 13:54:48

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

What do you get? And what do you get when they're different players.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #18 2014-06-24 14:01:48

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

This is the number of ways to put the 12 cards in a line. Then I just partitioned each group of 12 into 4 groups of 3.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #19 2014-06-24 14:07:08

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

Is that with same or different players?

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The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #20 2014-06-24 14:16:08

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

That counts the cards not the players.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #21 2014-06-24 14:33:18

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

Did you divide your two numbers?

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
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The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #22 2014-06-24 14:42:49

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

Yes, these are the two analytical methods:

Going to eat, see you later.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #23 2014-06-24 21:51:47

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

Ah, I see where else we differ. I differ between the suits.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #24 2014-06-24 21:55:34

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

I solved it in 3 ways but each one is dependent on how I view the problem. If that is wrong then...

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #25 2014-06-24 23:15:38

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### Re: Help with Probability problems

Yes, the problem is not well-defined. We should wait for the OP to clarify, if he's able to.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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