# Thread: Don't know where to start...

1. ## Don't know where to start...

This problem seemed so simple in the beginning, but now, I am completely confused. I don't even know where to start. Is it just me?

4. In a class of 25 students, there are 13 boys and 12 girls. A committee of 3 students is needed and is to be chosen randomly from the group of 25.
a. What is the probability of the group will have 2 boys and 1 girl?
b. What is the probability of the group having all boys or all girls?

2. Originally Posted by vedmachka
This problem seemed so simple in the beginning, but now, I am completely confused. I don't even know where to start. Is it just me?

4. In a class of 25 students, there are 13 boys and 12 girls. A committee of 3 students is needed and is to be chosen randomly from the group of 25.
a. What is the probability of the group will have 2 boys and 1 girl?
this is

$\displaystyle \frac {\text{the total number of (distinct) groups you can form with 2 boys and 1 girl}}{\text{total number of groups of size three}}$

hint: think "combinations"

b. What is the probability of the group having all boys or all girls?[/FONT][/LEFT]
this is $\displaystyle P(\text{all boys}) + P(\text{all girls})$

where $\displaystyle P(\text{all boys}) = \frac {\text{total number of (distinct) groups with 3 boys and no girls}}{\text{total number of groups of size 3}}$

and

$\displaystyle P(\text{all girls}) = \frac {\text{total number of (distinct) groups with 3 girls and no boys}}{\text{total number of groups of size 3}}$

hint: the same as in the last problem