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## #1 2012-12-17 10:30:58

Al-Allo
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### probability

I have just a little question about this : If I toss a coin 5 times, what is the probability of getting 4 tails and 1 head ? I think the answer is 5/32 ? Is this any good ? THanks

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## #2 2012-12-17 10:49:55

anonimnystefy
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### Re: probability

5/32 is correct.

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## #3 2012-12-17 10:55:28

Al-Allo
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### Re: probability

Omg im happy to know that because in my book it says its 4/32 ?!? And here is another one, what is the prob that it will land 3 times on head and 2 times on tails ? I got 9/32 but in my book it says 8/32 ?!? There is always 1 of difference, we could say it's an error ? Thanks !

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## #4 2012-12-17 11:01:24

bob bundy
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### Re: probability

hi Al-Allo

Welcome to the forum.

Stay on-line.  I'm just working it out.

1 5 10 10 5 1

It should be 10/32

hhhtt, hhtht, hhtth, hthht, hthth, htthh, thhht, thhth, ththh, tthhh

Bob

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## #5 2012-12-17 11:29:13

Al-Allo
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### Re: probability

oh yes you're right. i noticed i missed one, so thanks ! finaly, my book wasnt right ! thanks you two !

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## #6 2012-12-17 12:16:56

bobbym
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### Re: probability

Hi Al-Allo;

Both of those are binomial distribution problems. What is the name of the book?

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #7 2012-12-17 15:08:50

Al-Allo
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### Re: probability

It's not written in English ... ^^ Even, it's only exercises, nothing more lol

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