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Probabilty Problem

  1. Mar 22, 2008 #1
    Hello, I have a problem with this question
    http://www.icefusionf1.com/prob.png [Broken]
    My thoughts:
    I think it is better to work out the probability of the 3 coins being placed on the diagonals.

    Please help?
    Last edited by a moderator: May 3, 2017
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  3. Mar 22, 2008 #2


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    … one coin at a time …

    No. :frown:

    In problems like this, generally start "the first one …, then the second one …, then …"

    In this case, place the thre coins one at a time.

    The first coin can go anywhere - no restriction.

    With the first coin fixed, how many options are there for the second coin?

    Then, with both the first and second coins fixed, how many options are there for the third coin? :smile:
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