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Tricky Theoretical Probability Question

  • Thread starter Chrissy123
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Hey :)

Homework Statement




So, for a school assignment we had to create a carnival game and then calculate the empirical & theoretical probability of it. My game was called 'splat the rat;' basically, I put a computer mouse down a pipe and a contestant had to try and hit it with a little hammer when it came out the bottom. Here is a link to a game similar to mine:

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The empirical part was easy; according to it, there is a 47% chance that the mouse will be hit at the bottom.

The Attempt at a Solution



But I'm really struggling with the theoretical aspect; should I find out the average persons reflexes and then calculate the velocity of the mouse going down the pipe and then put these together somehow? If so, how? Or is this completely the wrong idea?

Thanks
 
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What you are asking is not a probability problem. The motion of the mouse down the pipe can be solved by separating the acceleration into components parallel to and perpendicular to the pipe. The "reflex time" of the people is neither a math nor a physics problem- it is psychology. Either look it up or test a number of people and average.
 

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