Mathematics Challenge Questions

 Mathematics Challenge Questions

(I) ABC plays two games, Game X and Game Y.

Playing Game X and game Y are independent events.

1. The probability of ABC winning both games is 9/25.

2. The probability of ABC winning Game Y is four times greater than the probability of losing Game X.

Find the probability of ABC winning only one of the two games he plays.

Solution -

(II) A Bag contains some black and white balls, all of the same size and shape.

The chance of getting the two same color balls is exactly 0.5; if I put my hands in the bag and simultaneously and randomly pull out two balls.

Prove the above statement and show the full steps.


Suppose that there are b black balls and w white balls in the bag and that there are at least two of each (we can think about the other cases at the end).


Although these look complicated, the denominators in each case are the same.
Since the probabilities are mutually exclusive we know that 



2b(b−1)+2w(w−1)= (b+w)(b+w−1)

Expanding and rearranging gives us


So, where are we now? We've applied the probability and are left with an expression involving 
w and b. This can be factorized as


Some thought should convince you that this expression is satisfied if 
b and w are consecutive triangle numbers. But we need to ask: are there any other solutions? We need to ask this because for any choice of w there will be up to 2 solutions for b upon solving the equation. The quadratic formula tells us that for any given w


Now, we need to impose the condition that 
b and w are natural numbers. This would require that 1+8w is a square number, say N2. Then 


w to be a natural number, N must be an odd number, which means that (N+1) and (N−1) are consecutive even numbers, which means that N+12 and N−12 are consecutive natural numbers. Thus, w is half the product of two natural numbers which means that w, by definition must be triangular. Thus there is a solution in this case if and only if w and b are consecutive triangle numbers bigger than 1.
Finally, we consider the special cases where there are less than two of each ball.
Clearly, the balls cannot all be the same color, as then the chance of drawing two balls of the same color would be 
1. Clearly, there cannot be exactly one ball of each color, as then the chance of drawing two balls of the same color would be 0. If there were exactly one black ball and w>1 white ball then the chance of drawing two balls of the same color would be 


This has exactly the two solutions 
w=0,3. Since 3 is also triangular, our rule still holds.
 Putting this all together proves that a magic bag can, and only can, contain consecutive triangle numbers of white and black balls.

(III) There are 03 circles with centers A, B, and C. Each Circle has a radius 4.

Find out the area of a blue-colored sector.

Solution - 


(IV) Digits 1, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8, and 9 are represented by a different letter in the figure below:


A   B    C


                                         E   F   G



 Each of A+B+C, C+D+E, E+F+G, and G+H+I is equal to 13.


Which digit does E represent?

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