###### A-Level H2 Math

# Discrete Random Variable

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**2018 DHS P2 Q10**

The discrete random variable $X$ has probability mass function given by

$\text{P}(X=x)=\left\{ \begin{matrix}

& \frac{ax}{n(n+1)}\,\,\,\,\text{for}\,\,x=1,2,…,n, \\

& 0\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\text{otherwise,} \\

\end{matrix} \right.$

where $a$ is a constant.

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Show that $a=2$.

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(i) Show that $a=2$.

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(ii)

Find $\text{E}(X)$ in terms of $n$. You may use the result that $\sum\limits_{r=1}^{n}{{{r}^{2}}=\frac{n}{6}(n+1)(2n+1)}$.

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(ii) Find $\text{E}(X)$ in terms of $n$. You may use the result that $\sum\limits_{r=1}^{n}{{{r}^{2}}=\frac{n}{6}(n+1)(2n+1)}$.

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Two players ${{P}_{1}}$ and ${{P}_{2}}$ play a game with $n+1$ tokens labelled $1$ to $n+1$. Each player randomly picks one token without replacement and the player who picks the token with the smaller number loses. The amount of money lost by the losing player, in dollars, will be the number on the winning token. For example, if ${{P}_{1}}$ and ${{P}_{2}}$ pick the tokens labelled $5$ and $3$ respectively, ${{P}_{2}}$ loses $\$\,5$ to ${{P}_{1}}$.

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Explain why the probability of ${{P}_{2}}$ losing a game is $0.5$.

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(iii) Explain why the probability of ${{P}_{2}}$ losing a game is $0.5$.

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Given that ${{P}_{2}}$ loses, find the probability ${{P}_{2}}$ loses $\$\,(m+1)$ in terms of $m$ and $n$, where $m$ is such that $1\le m\le n$.

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(iv) Given that ${{P}_{2}}$ loses, find the probability ${{P}_{2}}$ loses $\$\,(m+1)$ in terms of $m$ and $n$, where $m$ is such that $1\le m\le n$.

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(v)

Using the result in part (i), when ${{P}_{2}}$ loses a game, find the amount that he is expected to lose in terms of $n$.

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(v) Using the result in part (i), when ${{P}_{2}}$ loses a game, find the amount that he is expected to lose in terms of $n$.

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**Discrete Random Variable – Probability Involving Proportionality**

Four rods of lengths $1$, $2$, $3$ and $4$ units are placed in a bag from which one rod is selected at random. The probability of selecting a rod of length $l$ is $kl$. Find the value of $k$.

Show that the expected value of $X$, the length of the selected rod, is $3$ units and the variance of $X$.

After a rod has been selected it is not replaced. The probabilities of selection for each of the three rods remain are in the same ratio as they were before the first selection. A second rod is now selected from the bag. Defining $Y$to be the length of the rod and writing ${{P}_{1}}=\text{P}\left( Y=1|X=2 \right)$, ${{P}_{2}}=\text{P}\left( Y=2|X=1 \right)$ show that $16{{P}_{1}}=9{{P}_{2}}$

Show also that $\text{P}\left( X+Y=3 \right)=\frac{17}{360}$.

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**2018 RI CT3 J2 Q13**

A bag contains $20$ blue balls and $15$ red balls. In a game, Joe draws $12$ balls one by one, at random and without replacement. The number of blue balls Joe draws from the bag is denoted by $X$.

(i)

Find $\text{E}\left( X \right)$ and $\text{Var}\left( X \right)$.

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If $\text{P}\left( X=x \right)<\text{P}\left( X=x+1 \right)$, show that $x$ satisfies the inequality

$\left( x+a \right)\left( x+b \right)<\left( c-x \right)\left( d-x \right)$

where $a$, $b$, $c$ and $d$ are constants to be determined. Use this inequality to find the number of blue balls that Joe is most likely to draw.

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Joe plays this game $30$ times.

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Find the probability that Joe draws at least $10$ blue balls in more than $4$ of his $30$ games.

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