Math probability question! Quick Points!?

Hey guys i just did a question on an exam that i wasn't really sure how to do:

Here's the question.

Out of a standard deck of 52 cards, 5 cards are chosen. What is the probability of choosing exactly 1 king and up to 2 aces ? my final answer was around... 0.3.

Can someone confirm if my answer is correct or not? THANKS

Points go to first person that answers. Steps + explanation included please

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  • 10 years ago
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    There are 52C5 possible 5-card hands.

    We need exactly one king. There are 4 kings to choose from. Otherwise, we have a 4-card hand with at most two aces and no kings.


    no aces → 44C4 possible hands

    one ace → 4C1 * 44C3 possible hands

    two aces → 4C2 * 44C2 possible hands.


    P(one king & at most two aces)

    = 4 * [44C4 + 4 * 44C3 + 6 * 44C2] / 52C5

    ≈ .2992.

    To check, observe that

    P(exactly one king) = 4*48C4 / 52C5 ≈ .2995.

    Taking into account that getting at least 3 aces in a 4-card hand is unlikely, the indicated answer appears to be consistent with being correct.

    Hope this helps.

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