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ERIC Number: EJ856223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0746-8342
Mind the Gap
Bannon, Thomas J.; Bradley, Robert E.
College Mathematics Journal, v39 n2 p95-101 Mar 2008
If you break a stick at two random places, the probability that the three pieces form a triangle is 1/4. How does this generalize? To answer this question, we give a method for finding the probability that n randomly chosen points in a given interval fall within a specified distance of one another. We use this method to provide solutions to generalized versions of three popular probability problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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