what's the probability a 1 meter steel broke into 3 pieces that forms a triangle

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- May 15th 2009, 11:21 PMcamilla_xuprobability question
what's the probability a 1 meter steel broke into 3 pieces that forms a triangle

- May 15th 2009, 11:29 PMmatheagle
The 1 meter length is unimportant.

I assume we're making two cuts uniformly distributed along the bar.

So let and be iid U(0,1) rvs.

I checked the three case and each case we want the largest cut to be less than .5.

The cuts are , and ,

BUT here I'm assuming which is really the order stats.

I'm trying to figure the logic here.

We need

The joint density of these two is - May 15th 2009, 11:34 PMcamilla_xu
is that means Pr(one piece<0.5)=1/2 and the other two we regard them as a whole

umm.. do u mean it's 1/4? - May 16th 2009, 03:42 AMmr fantastic
It will depend on how the stick is broken.

Read the attachment and these:

Stick Broken Into Three Pieces. Solution in Trilinear Coordinates from Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles

Random Triangles

Problem 8: Random Triangles and an Introduction to Density

Mathematical Recreations and Essays - Google Book Search - May 16th 2009, 07:36 AMmatheagle
Thanks, I was googling Buffon at 2 :30 am but couldn't find this.