# Thread: problem with sets and counting again

1. ## problem with sets and counting again

I am having a lot of problems with this problem, I went to a tutor and showed me what to do, but I still get it wrong. Im on the verge of failing, so i want to get the best possible grades on my homework. Please help me with this problem:

If a die is rolled 40 times, there are 640 different sequences possible. What fraction of these sequences have exactly 8 numbers less than or equal to 3? (Round your answer to the nearest 0.0001.)

2. Originally Posted by Flamed02
If a die is rolled 40 times, there are 640 different sequences possible. What fraction of these sequences have exactly 8 numbers less than or equal to 3? (Round your answer to the nearest 0.0001.)
First a correction: there are $\displaystyle 6^{40}$ different sequences possible.
On any toss of the die there is a probability of 0.5 that the die shows 3 or less.
There are $\displaystyle {40 \choose 8}$, 40 places choosing 8, to have success.
So the answer: $\displaystyle {40 \choose 8}(0.5)^{40}$

3. thank you, my answer was 6.994440355 E-5 What does the E-5 mean?