If a coin is tossed an infinite number of times with a probability of getting heads each time is 0.55, what is the probability that 5 heads are observed at the 10th toss but not earlier? thanks.

Guest Mar 30, 2022

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If the fifth head occurs on the tenth toss, the previous nine tosses must include 4 heads and 5 tails.

With the probability of getting a head = 0.55, the probability of getting a tail = 0.45.

Thus the probability that the first nine tosses are 4 heads and 5 tails:

9C4·(0.55)4·(0.45)5 = 0.212757,,,

Following this with a head requires multiplying that answer by 0.55 = 0.117016,,,

geno3141 Mar 30, 2022