Algebra II : Binomial Theorem

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Example Question #1 : Binomial Theorem

Assume that you guess on each question of a multiple choice test. There are 12 questions and each question has 4 possible answers. What is the probability of getting exactly 8 answers correct?

Possible Answers:

0.002

0.000004

0.32

0.0002

Correct answer:

0.002

Explanation:

This problem can be solved using the binomial probability equation:

 

Example Question #1 : Binomial Theorem

What is the coefficient of  if the expression  is expanded?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

By the Binomial Theorem, if the expression  is expanded, the result can be defined as

If we set , then the above expression, with slight rearranging, becomes 

The coefficient of the  term is 

To find the the coefficient of , we set  and evaluate:

Example Question #2 : Binomial Theorem

What is the coefficient of  in the polynomial   

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The binomial theorem says that we can represent the polynomial  as a sum 

Thus, if we want to find the coefficient of ,

 since ,

 and .

Therefore the coefficient of  is

Example Question #3 : Binomial Theorem

You're taking a multiple choice quiz that has  questions. If each question has  choices and you guess on all of them, what is the probability of getting exactly  questions correct?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

This question requires the application of the binomial theorem for probability. In order to determine the probability of getting exactly 6 questions right, we must remember the formula for this theorem:

Where is the number of trials (total questions), is the number of successes (correct answers), is the probability of success in one trial (chance of answering a question correctly), is the probability of failure in one trial (chance of answering a question incorrectly), and is the probability of getting questions correct out of total questions. Because there are 5 choices for each question, the chances of answering a question correctly are 1/5, or 0.2, and therefore the chances of answering a question incorrectly are 4/5, or 0.8. Now we have all of our values and can plug them into the formula:

The first part of the formula in which we have a 10 over a 6 in parentheses means we perform the following calculation:

So now we can put this value into our formula, which gives us:

Example Question #4 : Binomial Theorem

Which is equivalent to  ?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To answer this question, you could either multiply , or use binomial theorem to realize that when a binomial is raised to the 4th power.

Multiplying out and FOILing the polynomials we gety the following,

Example Question #6 : Binomial Theorem

A fair coin is tossed 50 times. What is the expected number of heads?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The expected probably for the binomial distribution is n*p. N is the number of trials, in this case the 50 coin tosses. p is the probability of heads. Since the coin is a fair coin the probability is

Example Question #5 : Binomial Theorem

A student takes a 12 question multiple choice test.  There are 5 answer choices, and the student guesses on all the questions.  What is the probability the student will get exactly 7 questions correct in order to pass?  Round to 5 decimal places.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

In order to determine the probability, we will need to use the binomial theorem.

The equation can be written in two ways:

Or:

Identify the definition and values for 

: represents the total number of trials
: represents the number of events
: represents the probability of occurrence per trial
: is the probability that the occurrence will not happen per trial

Substitute the values into the formula.

Recall that:  

The terms become:

Simplify the terms with calculator.

The answer is:  

Example Question #6 : Binomial Theorem

Suppose Billy takes a 5 question multiple choice test that has 5 answer choices per question.  What is the probability that Billy will get exactly four correct to pass the test?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Write the binomial formula.

 

Evaluate the probability.

The answer is:  

Example Question #2 : Binomial Theorem

Suppose a competitor has to answer four out of six multiple choice questions correctly to win a prize.  There are four answer choices per question.  What is the probability that this competitor will succeed answering exactly four correct questions if he or she guessed on all the questions?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

This problem requires the binomial theorem.  Write the formula.

This formula can also be rewritten as:

Identify all the terms.

There are four answer choices per question, which means there is only one correct answer.

The failure rate would be three out of the four questions.

Substitute the terms into the formula and simplify the terms.

The answer is:  

Example Question #10 : Binomial Theorem

A fair coin is tossed 10 times. What is the probability that four heads will be observed?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

This is a binomial distribution with number of trials(n) equal to 10. The probability of success(p) is 0.5 because it is a fair coin. The number of success(r) is 4 because we want the probability of 4 heads.

The formula for a binomial distribution is

 

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