2002 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 16
- The following problem is from both the 2002 AMC 12A #16 and 2002 AMC 10A #24, so both problems redirect to this page.
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Problem
Tina randomly selects two distinct numbers from the set , and Sergio randomly selects a number from the set . What is the probability that Sergio's number is larger than the sum of the two numbers chosen by Tina?
Video Solution
https://youtu.be/8WrdYLw9_ns?t=381
~ pi_is_3.14
Solution
Solution 1
This is not too bad using casework.
Tina gets a sum of 3: This happens in only one way and Sergio can choose a number from 4 to 10, inclusive. There are 7 ways that Sergio gets a desirable number here.
Tina gets a sum of 4: This once again happens in only one way . Sergio can choose a number from 5 to 10, so 6 ways here.
Tina gets a sum of 5: This can happen in two ways and . Sergio can choose a number from 6 to 10, so ways here.
Tina gets a sum of 6: Two ways here and . Sergio can choose a number from 7 to 10, so here.
Tina gets a sum of 7: Two ways here and . Sergio can choose from 8 to 10, so ways here.
Tina gets a sum of 8: Only one way possible ). Sergio chooses 9 or 10, so 2 ways here.
Tina gets a sum of 9: Only one way . Sergio must choose 10, so 1 way.
In all, there are ways. Tina chooses two distinct numbers in ways while Sergio chooses a number in ways, so there are ways in all. Since , our answer is .
Solution 2
We want to find the average of the smallest possible chance of Sergio winning and the largest possible chance of Sergio winning. This is because the probability decreases linearly. The largest possibility of Sergio winning if Tina chooses a 1 and a 1. The chances of Sergio winning is then . The smallest possibility of Sergio winning is if Tina chooses a 5 and a 5. The chances of Sergio winning then is . The average of and is .
-Minor edits by bronzetruck2016
Solution 3
We invoke some symmetry. Let denote Tina's sum, and let denote Sergio's number. Observe that, for , .
If Tina's sum is , then the probability that Sergio's number is larger than Tina's sum is . Thus, the probability is
Using the symmetry observation, we can also write the above sum as where the last equality follows as we reversed the indices of the sum (by replacing with ). Thus, adding the two equivalent expressions for , we have
Since this represents twice the desired probability, the answer is . -scrabbler94
Solution 4
We have 5 cases, if Tina choose or
The number of ways of choosing 2 numbers from are .
Case 1: Tina chooses .
In this case, since the numbers are distinct, Tina can choose or
If Tina chooses and which some to , Sergio only has choices.
Since the sum of the combined numbers increases by every time for this specific case, Sergio has less choice every time.
Therefore, the probability of this is .
If you do this over and over again you will see that you have probability.
But since we overcounted by 2 (e.g. and ) we need to divide by
Thus our answer is
~mathboy282
Note: I will add in all the cases soon, kind of busy today so yea.
Solution 5
Assume Sergio chooses from . The probably of Tina getting a sum of and () are equal due to symmetry. The probability of Sergio choosing numbers higher/lower than is equal to him choosing numbers lower/higher than . Therefore over all of Tina's sums, the probability of Sergio choosing a number higher is equal to the probability of choosing a number lower.
The probability that they get the same value is , so the probability of Sergio getting a higher number is .
Sergio never wins when choosing so the probability is
~zeric
See Also
2002 AMC 12A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | |
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Followed by Problem 17 |
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Preceded by Problem 23 |
Followed by Problem 25 | |
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