AAPL wrote: ↑Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:56 pm

**GMAT Prep**
There are 8 magazines lying on a table; 4 are fashion magazines and the other 4 are sports magazines.If 3 magazines are to be selected at random from the 8 magazines, what is the probability that at least one of the fashion magazines will be selected?

A. 1/2

B. 2/3

C. 32/35

D. 11/12

E. 13/14

OA

E

**Solution:**
We can use the formula:

P(at least one fashion magazine selected) = 1 - P(no fashion magazines are selected)

The number of ways to select 3 non-fashion magazines is 4C3 = 4!/[3!(4-3)!] = 4!/3! = 4 ways.

The number of ways to select 3 magazines from 8 is:

8C3 = 8!/[3!(8 - 3)!] = 8!/[3!5!] = (8 x 7 x 6)/( 3 x 2) = = 56 ways

So P(at least one fashion magazine selected) = 1 - 4/56 = 52/56 = 13/14.

**Alternate Solution:**
We can use the formula:

P(at least one fashion magazine selected) = 1 - P(no fashion magazines are selected)

The probability that no fashion magazines are selected is the same as saying that only sports magazines were selected, which is: 4/8 x 3/7 x 2/6 = 24/336 = 4/56 = 1/14.

Thus, P(at least one fashion magazine selected) = 1 - 1/14 = 14/14 - 1/14 = 13/14.

**Answer: E**