2009 AIME I Problems/Problem 3
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Problem
A coin that comes up heads with probability and tails with probability independently on each flip is flipped times. Suppose that the probability of three heads and five tails is equal to of the probability of five heads and three tails. Let , where and are relatively prime positive integers. Find .
Solution
The probability of three heads and five tails is and the probability of five heads and three tails is .
Therefore, the answer is .
Solution 2
We start as shown above. However, as we get to , we square root both sides to get . We can do this because we know that both and are between and , so they are both positive. Now, we have:
Now, we get .
~Jerry_Guo
Solution 3
Rewrite it as : =
This can be simplified as
The can be factored into:
This yields two solutions: (ignored) and
Video Solution
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Video Solution 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P00iOJdQiL4
~Shreyas S
See also
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