2016 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 13
Two different numbers are randomly selected from the set and multiplied together. What is the probability that the product is ?
Solution 1
The product can only be if one of the numbers is 0. Once we chose , there are ways we can chose the second number, or . There are ways we can chose numbers randomly, and that is . So, so the answer is .
Solution 2
There are a total of possibilities, because the numbers are different. We want to be the product so one of the numbers is . There are possibilities where is chosen for the first number and there are ways for to be chosen as the second number. We seek .
Solution 3 (Complementary Counting)
Because the only way the product of the two numbers is is if one of the numbers we choose is we calculate the probability of NOT choosing a We get Therefore our answer is
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