2 distinct vertices of an octagon are chosen at random. What is the probability that there is exactly one other vertex between them?

Guest Nov 12, 2020

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Here's my best attempt :

Call the vertices (A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H)

The number of possible combos of choosing any two vertices (without regard to order) = 8C2 = 28

Note that the vertices chosen - again disregarding order - where there is only one vertex bt\etween them are :

ABC , BCD, CDE, DEF, EFG, FGH, GHA, HAB =

AC, BD, CE, DF, EG, FH , GA, HB

So....the probability = 8/28 = 2/7

CPhill Nov 12, 2020