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First, there are <math>2^3 = 8</math> ways to flip the coins, in order. | First, there are <math>2^3 = 8</math> ways to flip the coins, in order. | ||
− | Secondly, what we don't want are the ways without getting two consecutive heads: TTT, HTH, and THT. Then we can find out the probability of the three ways of flipping is <math> \frac18</math>, <math> \frac14 </math>,and <math> \frac14 </math> respectively. So the left is exactly the probability of flipping at least two consecutive heads: <math>1-\frac18-\frac14-\frac14 = \frac38</math>. It is the answer <math>\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ \frac38}</math>. ----LarryFlora | + | Secondly, what we don't want are the ways without getting two consecutive heads: TTT, HTH, and THT. Then we can find out the probability of the three ways of flipping is <math> \frac18</math>, <math> \frac14 </math>,and <math> \frac14 </math> , respectively. So the left is exactly the probability of flipping at least two consecutive heads: <math>1-\frac18-\frac14-\frac14 = \frac38</math>. It is the answer <math>\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ \frac38}</math>. ----LarryFlora |
==See Also== | ==See Also== | ||
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Problem
A fair coin is tossed 3 times. What is the probability of at least two consecutive heads?
Video Solution
https://youtu.be/6xNkyDgIhEE?t=44
Solution 2
First, there are ways to flip the coins, in order.
The ways to get no one head are HTH and THH.
The way to get three consecutive heads is HHH.
Therefore, the probability of flipping at least two consecutive heads is .
Solution 1
Let's figure it out by complementary counting.
First, there are ways to flip the coins, in order. Secondly, what we don't want are the ways without getting two consecutive heads: TTT, HTH, and THT. Then we can find out the probability of the three ways of flipping is , ,and , respectively. So the left is exactly the probability of flipping at least two consecutive heads: . It is the answer . ----LarryFlora
See Also
2013 AMC 8 (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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Followed by Problem 9 | |
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