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Homework Help: I need some help

  1. Nov 5, 2006 #1
    Hi, I am a 2nd year student in Economics. I have some difficulties with probability. Here is a problem that I cannot solve and I need some help.

    It is supposed that only 50% of the students of a sample will go up to the level master. One chooses by chance 18 students.
    Which is the probability so that at least 10 go up to the level master.

    I want just to know in this exercise, which is the law of probability that one must apply.
    Thank you for your assistance, and I'm so sorry for my bad English.
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  3. Nov 6, 2006 #2
    [tex]\Large \sum_{x=10}^{18}(.5)^x(.5)^{18-x}[/tex]
  4. Nov 7, 2006 #3
    Thanks you very much for the answer. It helps me a lot !
  5. Nov 8, 2006 #4


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    tunganhtr, I feel I really should point out to you that marcmtlca's answer is INCORRECT. It doesn't help you as much as you think.

    (In fact,
    [tex]\Large \sum_{x=10}^{18}(.5)^x(.5)^{18-x}[/tex]
    [tex]= \Large \sum_{x= 10}^{18}(.5)^{18}[/tex]
    [tex]= 9(.5)^{18}= 0.00004196[/tex]
    which is much too small.)

    Do you remember why this is called a "binomial" distribution?
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