Posted by Lori on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 10:29am.
A graduate class consists of six students. What is the probability that exactly three of them are born either March, June or November?

Probability and Stats  MathMate, Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 6:14pm
Out of six students, we need exactly 3 fit the criteria of being born in 3 months out of 12, i.e. with probability p=3/12=0.25.
Since the probability is assumed constant throughout, and we know the total number of students, we can use the binomial distribution, where
n=6
x=3
p=0.25
and the probability is given by:
P(X=x)=C(n,x)p^x (1p)^(nx)
where C(n,x)=binomial coefficient = n!/(x!(nx)!).
Just plug in the numbers to get your results.
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