2010 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 16
- The following problem is from both the 2010 AMC 12B #16 and 2010 AMC 10B #18, so both problems redirect to this page.
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Problem 16
Positive integers , , and are randomly and independently selected with replacement from the set . What is the probability that is divisible by ?
Solution 1
We group this into groups of , because . This means that every residue class mod 3 has an equal probability.
If , we are done. There is a probability of that that happens.
Otherwise, we have , which means that . So either or which will lead to the property being true. There are a chance for each bundle of cases to be true. Thus, the total for the cases is . But we have to multiply by because this only happens with a chance. So the total is actually .
The grand total is
Solution 2 (Minor change from Solution 1)
Just like solution 1, we see that there is a chance of and chance of
Now, we can just use PIE (Principals of Inclusion and Exclusion) to get our answer to be
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Solution 3 (Fancier version of Solution 1)
As with solution one, we conclude that if then the requirements are satisfied. We then have: Which is true for all because the integers form a field under multiplication and addition with absorbing element .
Video Solution
https://youtu.be/FQO-0E2zUVI?t=437
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See also
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