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+ | WLOG assume that <math>z</math> is the largest number and hence the largest side. Then <math>x,y \leq z</math>. We can set up a square that is <math>z</math> by <math>z</math> in the <math>xy</math> plane. We are wanting all the points within this square that satisfy <math>x+y > z</math>. This happens to be a line dividing the square into 2 equal regions. Thus the answer is <math>\frac{1}{2}</math>. | ||
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Revision as of 21:22, 9 February 2016
Contents
Problem
Three numbers in the interval are chosen independently and at random. What is the probability that the chosen numbers are the side lengths of a triangle with positive area?
Solution
Solution 1: Logic
WLOG the largest number is 1. Then the probability that the other two add up to at least 1 is .
Thus the answer is .
Note: This proof does not explain why WLOG is warranted nor its implications. More detail is necessary
Solution 2: Calculus
When , consider two cases:
1) , then
2), then
is the same. Thus the answer is .
Solution 3: Geometry
The probability of this occurring is the volume of the corresponding region within a cube, where each point corresponds to a choice of values for each of and . The region where, WLOG, side is too long, , is a pyramid with a base of area and height , so its volume is . Accounting for the corresponding cases in and multiplies our answer by , so we have excluded a total volume of from the space of possible probabilities. Subtracting this from leaves us with a final answer of .
Solution 4: More Calculus
The probability of this occurring is the volume of the corresponding region within a cube, where each point corresponds to a choice of values for each of and . We take a horizontal cross section of the cube, essentially picking a value for z. The area where the triangle inequality will not hold is when , which has area or when or , which have an area of Integrating this expression from 0 to 1 in the form
Solution 5: Geometry in 2-D
WLOG assume that is the largest number and hence the largest side. Then . We can set up a square that is by in the plane. We are wanting all the points within this square that satisfy . This happens to be a line dividing the square into 2 equal regions. Thus the answer is .
- diagram for this problem goes here (z by z square)
See Also
2016 AMC 12A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | |
Preceded by Problem 22 |
Followed by Problem 24 |
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