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==Problem== | ==Problem== | ||
Al, Bill, and Cal will each randomly be assigned a whole number from 1 to 10, inclusive, with no two of them getting the same number. What is the probability that Al's number will be a whole number multiple of Bill's and Bill's number will be a whole number multiple of Cal's? | Al, Bill, and Cal will each randomly be assigned a whole number from 1 to 10, inclusive, with no two of them getting the same number. What is the probability that Al's number will be a whole number multiple of Bill's and Bill's number will be a whole number multiple of Cal's? | ||
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+ | <math>\textbf{(A) } \dfrac{9}{1000} \qquad\textbf{(B) } \dfrac{1}{90} \qquad\textbf{(C) } \dfrac{1}{80} \qquad\textbf{(D) } \dfrac{1}{72} \qquad\textbf{(E) } \dfrac{2}{121} </math> | ||
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Revision as of 15:08, 7 February 2018
Problem
Al, Bill, and Cal will each randomly be assigned a whole number from 1 to 10, inclusive, with no two of them getting the same number. What is the probability that Al's number will be a whole number multiple of Bill's and Bill's number will be a whole number multiple of Cal's?
Solution
We can solve this problem with a brute force approach.
- If Cal's number is :
- If Bill's number is , Al's can be any of .
- If Bill's number is , Al's can be any of .
- If Bill's number is , Al's can be .
- If Bill's number is , Al's can be .
- Otherwise, Al's number could not be a whole number multiple of Bill's.
- If Cal's number is :
- If Bill's number is , Al's can be .
- Otherwise, Al's number could not be a whole number multiple of Bill's while Bill's number is still a whole number multiple of Cal's.
- Otherwise, Bill's number must be greater than , i.e. Al's number could not be a whole number multiple of Bill's.
Clearly, there are exactly cases where Al's number will be a whole number multiple of Bill's and Bill's number will be a whole number multiple of Cal's. Since there are possible permutations of the numbers Al, Bill, and Cal were assigned, the probability that this is true is
See Also
2015 AMC 10B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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Followed by Problem 17 | |
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