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Out of 100 students,two sections of 40 and 60 are formed.If you and your friend are among the 100 students,what is the probability that,you both enter the same section

$\begin{array}{1 1}(A)\;\large\frac{17}{33}\\(B)\;\large\frac{16}{165}\\(C)\;\large\frac{36}{165}\\(D)\;\large\frac{56}{165}\end{array} $

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  • $nC_r=\large\frac{n!}{r!(n-r)!}$
  • Required probability=$\large\frac{n(E)}{n(S)}$
Step 1:
There are two sections.Let the two sections be A and B with 40 and 60 students respectively
Total number of students =100
Two cases can be formed over here
Case i:
If both are in section A then 40 students out of 100 students will be selected.
Since both of them are together,rest 38 students out of 98 students are chosen
Step 2:
$\therefore$ Required probability =$\large\frac{n(E)}{n(S)}$
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{98C_{38}}{100C_{40}}$
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{\Large\frac{98!}{38!(98-38)!}}{\Large\frac{100!}{40!(100-40)!}}$
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{98!}{38!\times 60!}\times \frac{40!\times 60!}{100!}$
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{40\times 39}{100\times 99}$
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{26}{165}$
$\therefore$ The probability when both are in section A =$\large\frac{26}{165}$
Step 3:
Case ii:
Both are in section B
If both are in section B then 60 students out of 100 students will be selected.
Since both of them are together,rest 58 students out of 98 students are chosen
Step 4:
$\therefore$ Required probability =$\large\frac{n(E)}{n(S)}$
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{98C_{58}}{100C_{60}}$
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{\Large\frac{98!}{58!(98-58)!}}{\Large\frac{100!}{60!(100-60)!}}$
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{98!}{58!\times 40!}\times \frac{60!\times 40!}{100!}$
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{59}{165}$
$\therefore$ The probability when both are in section B =$\large\frac{59}{165}$
Step 5:
The probability that students are in either section A or section B=$\large\frac{26}{165}+\frac{59}{165}$
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{85}{165}=\frac{17}{33}$
$\therefore$ The probability that both enter the same section is $\large\frac{17}{33}$
Hence (A) is the correct answer.
answered Jul 2, 2014 by sreemathi.v
edited Jul 2, 2014 by sreemathi.v
 

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