2013 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 8

Problem

A fair coin is tossed 3 times. What is the probability of at least two consecutive heads?

$\textbf{(A)}\ \frac18 \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \frac14 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \frac38 \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \frac12 \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \frac34$

Video Solution

https://youtu.be/6xNkyDgIhEE?t=44

Solution

First, there are $2^3 = 8$ ways to flip the coins, in order.

The ways to get two consecutive heads are HHT and THH.

The way to get three consecutive heads is HHH.

Therefore, the probability of flipping at least two consecutive heads is $\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ \frac38}$.

See Also

2013 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 7
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Problem 9
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