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In packing for a trip, Sarah puts three pairs of socks - one red, one blue, and one green - into one compartment of her suitcase. If she then pulls four individual socks out of the suitcase, simultaneously and at random, what is the probability that she pulls out exactly two matching pairs?

(A) 1/5

(B) 1/4

(C) 1/3

(D) 2/3

(E) 4/5
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Explanation

Let us assume all the socks are distinct! I.E. red1, red2, blue1, blue2, green1 and green2.

Let us assume you pull out a red sock its probability is $$\frac{2}{6}$$.
next red sock is $$\frac{1}{5}$$.
Next you pull blue $$\frac{2}{4}$$.
and the other blue $$\frac{1}{3}$$.

Now we have the probability of the event (red1, red2, blue1, blue2 ) = $$\frac{2}{6}\frac{1}{5}\frac{2}{4}\frac{1}{3}$$ = $$\frac{1}{90}$$

But wait this is not the final probability you need not worry about the order so they can be in any order.
To arrange 4 things we have $$4!$$ ways.

New probality = $$4! \times \frac{1}{90}$$.

Now we can also pull out green sock so we need to choose 2 coors among 3 can be done by $$3C2$$ ways or 3 ways.

Final probability = $$4! \times 3 \times \frac{1}{90} = \frac{24}{30} = \frac{4}{5}$$.

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There are three different colour socks, so either it could RRBB+RRGG+BBGG,

Let's find for one case, we can finally multiply with three,

So let’s find for RRBB

= (2/6)*(1/5)*(2/4)*(1/3) * 4!/(2!*2!) = 1/15

4!/(2!*2!) is multiplied as the four socks can pulled out in any order (RRBB,BBRR,RBRB,BRBR,BRRB,RBBR)

There are three different cases possible(as shown above),

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sandy wrote:
Explanation

Let us assume all the socks are distinct! I.E. red1, red2, blue1, blue2, green1 and green2.

Let us assume you pull out a red sock its probability is $$\frac{2}{6}$$.
next red sock is $$\frac{1}{5}$$.
Next you pull blue $$\frac{2}{4}$$.
and the other blue $$\frac{1}{3}$$.

Now we have the probability of the event (red1, red2, blue1, blue2 ) = $$\frac{2}{6}\frac{1}{5}\frac{2}{4}\frac{1}{3}$$ = $$\frac{1}{90}$$

But wait this is not the final probability you need not worry about the order so they can be in any order.
To arrange 4 things we have $$4!$$ ways.

New probality = $$4! \times \frac{1}{90}$$.

Now we can also pull out green sock so we need to choose 2 colors among 3 can be done by $$3C2$$ ways or 3 ways.

Final probability = $$4! \times 3 \times \frac{1}{90} = \frac{24}{30} = \frac{4}{5}$$.

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Hi Could you re-explain the green sock bit? So out of 4 socks, we first check for 2 pairs (which is 1/90). Then what is the scenario for green socks? Thank you! Director Joined: 20 Apr 2016
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nancyjose wrote:
sandy wrote:
Explanation

Let us assume all the socks are distinct! I.E. red1, red2, blue1, blue2, green1 and green2.

Let us assume you pull out a red sock its probability is $$\frac{2}{6}$$.
next red sock is $$\frac{1}{5}$$.
Next you pull blue $$\frac{2}{4}$$.
and the other blue $$\frac{1}{3}$$.

Now we have the probability of the event (red1, red2, blue1, blue2 ) = $$\frac{2}{6}\frac{1}{5}\frac{2}{4}\frac{1}{3}$$ = $$\frac{1}{90}$$

But wait this is not the final probability you need not worry about the order so they can be in any order.
To arrange 4 things we have $$4!$$ ways.

New probality = $$4! \times \frac{1}{90}$$.

Now we can also pull out green sock so we need to choose 2 colors among 3 can be done by $$3C2$$ ways or 3 ways.

Final probability = $$4! \times 3 \times \frac{1}{90} = \frac{24}{30} = \frac{4}{5}$$.

Please share the source of these question!
I have a strong feeling this is not a GRE question.

Hi Could you re-explain the green sock bit? So out of 4 socks, we first check for 2 pairs (which is 1/90). Then what is the scenario for green socks? Thank you!

Hello nancyjose,
try this approach if it makes it easier to understand-

We have 3 pairs in total i.e 2red, 2 blue and 2 green

and 6 number of socks in total.

Now Select 2 pairs out of 3 i.e = 3c2 = 3 (since we need exactly 2pair)

Selecting 4 socks randomly = 6c4 = 15

Probability = 3/15 = 1/5
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pranab01 wrote:
In packing for a trip, Sarah puts three pairs of socks - one red, one blue, and one green - into one compartment of her suitcase. If she then pulls four individual socks out of the suitcase, simultaneously and at random, what is the probability that she pulls out exactly two matching pairs?

(A) 1/5

(B) 1/4

(C) 1/3

(D) 2/3

(E) 4/5

We have three scenarios of two matching pairs: 1) a red pair and a blue pair; 2) a red pair and a green pair; 3) a blue pair and a green pair. Let’s start with the probability of selecting a red pair and a blue pair. To select a red pair and a blue pair is to select two red socks and two blue socks. So let’s assume the first two socks are red and the last two socks are blue; the probability of selecting these socks in that order is:

P(R, R, B, B) = 2/6 x 1/5 x 2/4 x 1/3 = 1/6 x 1/5 x 1/3 = 1/90.

However, the two red socks and the two blue socks, in any order, can be selected in 4!/(2! x 2!) = 24/4 = 6 ways. Thus, the probability of two red socks and two blue socks is:

P(2R and 2B) = 1/90 x 6 = 6/90 = 1/15.

Using similar logic, we see that the probability of pulling a red pair and a green pair is 1/15, and so is the probability of pulling a blue pair and a green pair. Thus, the total probability is:

1/15 + 1/15 + 1/15 = 3/15 = 1/5.

Alternate Solution:

From a total of 6 socks, two pairs, i.e., 4 socks, can be pulled in 6C4 = 6!/(4! 2!) = (6 x 5)/2 = 3 x 5 = 15 ways.

Three of these choices contain two matching pairs, namely: 1) a red pair and a blue pair, 2) a blue pair and a green pair; 3) a red pair and a green pair.

Therefore, the probability of pulling two matching pairs is 3/15 = 1/5.

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Re: In packing for a trip, Sarah puts three pairs of socks - one [#permalink]
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Theres a few ways to approach this, all very simply if you know what to look for.

method #1,
the probtability of selecting any sock is 1
the probability of selecting its partner is 1/5
the probability of selecting any other sock is 1
the probability of selecting its partner is 1/3.
1*1/5*1*1/3=1/15
but remember, there are 3 different color socks, so you just multiply
3*1/15= 3/15= 1/5

Method number 2
order doesn't matter here, it usually only matters with coin tosses and elections, so we can use nCr.
the total number of combinations of socks is 6c4= 6!/(2!*4!)=15, this is our denominator
There are 3c2 =3 ways of selecting matching socks,
(# of matching pair combos)/total combos= 3/15 = 1/5 Re: In packing for a trip, Sarah puts three pairs of socks - one   [#permalink] 05 Jan 2019, 20:54
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