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Miyu is giving out $8$ identical chocolates to her $5$ friends, including Dhruv. All possible distributions are equally likely. What is the probability that Dhruv gets at least $6$ chocolates?

Jun 17, 2024

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There are 187 ways.

Jun 17, 2024
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First, let's find the total number of ways Miyu and distribute the chocolates with no restrictions.

According to the Stars and Bars Theorem, we have

$$\binom{n + k - 1}{k - 1}$$ where n is the identical items and k is the number of groups.

Plugging in 8 and 5, we have

$$\binom{8 + 5 - 1}{5 - 1} = \binom{12}{4} = 495$$

Next, we must find the number of favorable outcomes. If Druv gets 6 chocolates, then there are 2 more chocolates for 4 other friends.

Using the same method, we have

$$\binom{2 + 4 - 1}{4 - 1} = \binom{5}{3} = 10$$

Now, we can write the equation

$$P(\text{Dhruv gets 6}) = \frac{\text{Number of favorable outcomes}}{\text{Total number of outcomes}} = \frac{10}{495}$$

So our answer is approximately 2.02%.

Thanks! :)

Jun 17, 2024
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My queen, it says at least 6 chocolates.

YASSSSSSSSSS!

slayqueen  Jun 17, 2024
edited by slayqueen  Jun 17, 2024
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In that case, we can do the same with 7 and 8.

We have

$$\binom{1 + 4 - 1}{4 - 1} = \binom{4}{3} = 4$$

and

$$\binom{0 + 4- 1}{4 - 1} = \binom{3}{3} = 1$$

So there are 10+4+1 = 15.