2020 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 11


Ms. Carr asks her students to read any 5 of the 10 books on a reading list. Harold randomly selects 5 books from this list, and Betty does the same. What is the probability that there are exactly 2 books that they both select?

$\textbf{(A)}\ \frac{1}{8} \qquad\textbf{(B)}\ \frac{5}{36} \qquad\textbf{(C)}\ \frac{14}{45} \qquad\textbf{(D)}\ \frac{25}{63} \qquad\textbf{(E)}\ \frac{1}{2}$


We don't care about which books Harold selects. We just care that Betty picks $2$ books from Harold's list and $3$ that aren't on Harold's list.

The total amount of combinations of books that Betty can select is $\binom{10}{5}=252$.

There are $\binom{5}{2}=10$ ways for Betty to choose $2$ of the books that are on Harold's list.

From the remaining $5$ books that aren't on Harold's list, there are $\binom{5}{3}=10$ ways to choose $3$ of them.

$\frac{10\cdot10}{252}=\boxed{\textbf{(D) }\frac{25}{63}}$ ~quacker88

Solution 2

We can analyze this as two containers with $10$ balls each, with the two people grabbing $5$ balls each. First, we need to find the probability of two of the balls being the same among five: $\frac{1}{3}\frac{4}{9}\frac{3}{8}\frac{5}{7}\frac{2}{4}$. After that we must, multiply this probability by ${5 \choose 2}$, for the 2 balls that are the same are chosen among 5 balls. The answer will be $\frac{5}{126}*10 = \frac{25}{63}$. $\boxed{(D) \frac{25}{63}}$

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