1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data The question says: A chain of stereo stores is offering a special price on a complete set of components (reciever, compact disc player, speakers). A purchaser is offered a chocie of manufactuer for each component: Reciever: Kenwood, Onkyo, Pioneer, Sony, Yamaha Compact disc player: Onkyo, Pioneer, Sony, Panasonic Speakers: Boston, Infinity, Polk. A switchboard dispaly in the store allows a customer to hook together any selection of components (consisting of one of each type.) Use the product rules to answer the following questions: a. In how many ways can one component of each type be selected? b. in how manyways can components be selected if both the reciever and the compact disc player are to be Sony. c. In how many ways can components be selected if none is to be Soney? d. In how many ways can a selection be made if at least one Sony component is to be included? e. If someone flips switches on the selection in a completely random fashion, what is the probability that the system selected contains at least one Sony component? Exactly one Sony component? 2. Relevant equations Use the product rule. 3. The attempt at a solution a) you must choose one from each group. Each choice is independent of the other choices of equipment. so of the first group (receivers) we have 5 choices, and of those five choices we have 5 different ways of choosing one of those items. and the same for the rest of the groups (4 ways to chose cd players, and 3 ways to chose the speakers). So we just multiply them together to get how many choices there are. 5*4*3 = 60 b)I think I know what it is asking and if I am correct....if the receiver and the cd player have to be sony then the only thing changing is the speakers and there are 3 so there are altogether 3 different choices. c) 4*3*3 because if you take out the sony for the receivers you still have 4 left and if you take the sony out of the cd players you have 3 left and the other has 3 left. d)when it says AT LEAST 1 must be sony then you must account for the combos that have 2 sonys as well. So in this case if you chose the first category to be a sony we must account for the possibility that a cd player could be a sony so we take the whole number of items in the cd player category times the number of items in the last category. 1*4*3 and if we choose the 2 category to be a sony we must account for the possibility that a receiver can be a sony as well so we get 5*1*3. So if there are 2 possible combinations, 1*4*3 and 5*1*3 would the answer be 1*4*3 + 5*1*3? THANKS!