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. In testing a new drug, researchers found that 20% of all patients using it will have a mild side effect. A random sample of 15 patients using the drug is selected. Find the probability that:

(A) exactly three will have this mild side effect
(B) at least six will have this mild side effect

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    Try a binomial probability table or use a binomial probability function, which is this:

    P(x) = (nCx)(p^x)[q^(n-x)]

    For (A)
    x = 3
    n = 15
    p = .20
    q = .80 (q is 1-p)

    For (B)
    Using a table might be easier for this one. Find P(0), P(1), P(2), P(3), P(4), and P(5). Add together, then subtract from 1 for your probability.

    I'll let you take it from here.

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