2010 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 19
- The following problem is from both the 2010 AMC 12A #19 and 2010 AMC 10A #23, so both problems redirect to this page.
Problem
Each of boxes in a line contains a single red marble, and for , the box in the position also contains white marbles. Isabella begins at the first box and successively draws a single marble at random from each box, in order. She stops when she first draws a red marble. Let be the probability that Isabella stops after drawing exactly marbles. What is the smallest value of for which ?
Solution 1
The probability of drawing a white marble from box is , and the probability of drawing a red marble from box is .
To stop after drawing marbles, we must draw a white marble from boxes and draw a red marble from box Thus,
So, we must have or
Since increases as increases, we can simply test values of ; after some trial and error, we get that the minimum value of is , since but
Solution 2(cheap)
Do the same thing as Solution 1, but when we get to just test all the answer choices in ascending order(from A to E), and stop when one of the answer choices is greater than . We get , which is greater than , so we are done. The answer is
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