# Probability of holding 3 different posts in a committee

1. Jul 8, 2014

### desmond iking

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A , B and C are from a class of 40 students. Three students are selected to be a monitor, assistant monitor and treasurer.
a) What's the probability of A to be monitor, B to be assistant monitor , C to be treasurer

my ans is (1/(40 x 39 x 38))=1/59280

b. What's the probablity of A , B and C are selected to hold three post?

can someone help me on part b plaese?

my working is 40C3=9880

but the ans is 1/9880

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3. The attempt at a solution

2. Jul 8, 2014

### Ray Vickson

Presumably you wrote down 40C3=9880 for some reason. What is that reason?

3. Jul 8, 2014

### desmond iking

choose 3 person form 40 person for the 3 posts

4. Jul 8, 2014

### Ray Vickson

OK, so now what should you do?

Personally, I would start from the solution to (a) and think about it a bit more: your solution to (a) is for the ordering (monitor,assistant monitor, treasurer) = (A,B,C). However there are other allowed selections, such as (A,C,B) and several others. They all have probabilities of their own, and their total is what you are after.