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== Problem == | == Problem == | ||
− | When a certain biased coin is flipped five times, the [[probability]] of getting heads exactly once is not equal to <math>0 | + | When a certain biased coin is flipped five times, the [[probability]] of getting heads exactly once is not equal to <math>0</math> and is the same as that of getting heads exactly twice. Let <math>\frac ij</math>, in lowest terms, be the probability that the coin comes up heads in exactly <math>3</math> out of <math>5</math> flips. Find <math>i+j</math>. |
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Problem
When a certain biased coin is flipped five times, the probability of getting heads exactly once is not equal to and is the same as that of getting heads exactly twice. Let , in lowest terms, be the probability that the coin comes up heads in exactly out of flips. Find .
Solution
Denote the probability of getting a heads in one flip of the biased coins as . Based upon the problem, note that . After canceling out terms, we get , so . The answer we are looking for is , so .
See also
1989 AIME (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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