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I'm looking at my notes and I can't seem to figure how my teacher did this problem. She used her name which has 9 letters, 3 vowels, and 6 consonants. If we were to reach in the bag and grab 3 letters out. By using the probability distribution what's the probability of getting 0, 1, 2, and 3 vowels. I know how to do the probability of 0 vowel. For 1 vowel she did (3/9*6/8*5/7)3 how did she get 6/8 and 5/7. For 2 vowels she did (3/9*2/8*6/7)3 same here where did the 2/8 and 6/7 come from. Then for 3 vowels she had 1 minus everything.

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    I will do the 2 vowels for you

    since she grabbed 3 letters it could have been
    VVC, VCV, or CVV

    look at the first, the VVC
    there are 3 vowels out of 9 prob (first a vowel) = 3/9
    so now there are 8 letters left, 2 of them vowels
    prob (second a vowel) = 2/8
    so now the third letter must be a consonant, and there are 7 letters left, 6 of them consonants.
    Prob(third is a consonant) = 6/7
    Prob(first a vowel, 2nd a vowel, third a cons) = 3/9 x 2/8 x 6/7

    now can you see how she would get the VCV of
    3/9 x 6/8 x 2/7 setup ?
    and for the CVV it would be 6/9 x 3/8 x 2/7

    did you notice that the numerators are simply
    2x3x6 and the denominators are 9x8x7 just in different order?
    Does it matter what order you do multiplication?

    so the prob would be

    Now see if you reason out the others in the same way.

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