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The total number of ways to choose 6 numbers is <math>{10\choose 6} = 210</math> | The total number of ways to choose 6 numbers is <math>{10\choose 6} = 210</math> | ||
− | Assume 3 is the lowest number. There are 5 numbers left to choose, each of which has to be greater than 3. This is equivalent to choosing 5 numbers from the 7 numbers larger than 3, <math>{7\choose | + | Assume 3 is the lowest number. There are 5 numbers left to choose, each of which has to be greater than 3. This is equivalent to choosing 5 numbers from the 7 numbers larger than 3, <math>{7\choose 5} = 21</math> |
Thus, <math>\frac{21}{210} = \frac{1}{10}</math> <math>\fbox{E}</math> | Thus, <math>\frac{21}{210} = \frac{1}{10}</math> <math>\fbox{E}</math> |
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Problem
Six distinct integers are picked at random from . What is the probability that, among those selected, the second smallest is ?
Solution
The total number of ways to choose 6 numbers is
Assume 3 is the lowest number. There are 5 numbers left to choose, each of which has to be greater than 3. This is equivalent to choosing 5 numbers from the 7 numbers larger than 3,
Thus,
See also
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