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Helen has some black tiles, some white tiles and some grey tiles. She places a single row of
8 tiles above her washbasin. Each tile she places is equally likely to be black, white or grey.
Find the probability that there are no tiles of the same color next to each other.

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  1. Start by placing the first tile, it could be any of the 3 colours.
    3
    now, whatever colour you placed first , the second one has to be one of the other two, so
    3*2
    for the third, it has to be one of the other two colours again, even the one you placed first, so
    3*2*2
    etc for
    3*2*2*2*2*2*2*2 = 3*2^7 = 384
    If we had no restrictions, the number of ways would be 3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3
    = 3^8 = 6591

    Prob(your event) = 384/6591 = 128/2197

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