2020 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 11
Problem
Ms. Carr asks her students to read any 5 of the 10 books on a reading list. Harold randomly selects 5 books from this list, and Betty does the same. What is the probability that there are exactly 2 books that they both select?
Solution
We don't care about which books Harold selects. We just care that Betty picks books from Harold's list and that aren't on Harold's list.
The total amount of combinations of books that Betty can select is .
There are ways for Betty to choose of the books that are on Harold's list.
From the remaining books that aren't on Harold's list, there are ways to choose of them.
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Solution 2
We can analyze this as two containers with balls each, with the two people grabbing balls each. First, we need to find the probability of two of the balls being the same among five: . After that we must, multiply this probability by , for the 2 balls that are the same are chosen among 5 balls. The answer will be .
Video Solution
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See Also
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