Date: Sep 15, 2004 11:44 AM
Author: Pat ballew
Subject: RE: Probability of a Triangle

And just as a note, Is the third solution shown here (the one for question B

below) correct?

Pat Ballew

Lakenheath, UK

MathWords http://www.pballew.net/etyindex.html

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[mailto://owner-geometry-puzzles@mathforum.org] On Behalf Of Alexander

Bogomolny

Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 2:59 AM

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Subject: Re: Probability of a Triangle

On May 29 15:45:21 1996, Pat Ballew wrote:

> a) If a unit length segment is randomly broken at two points

along

> its length, what is the probability that the three pieces

created in

> this fashion will form a triangle?

> b) If the length is broken at a random point, and then one of

the two

> pieces is randomly selected and broken at a random point on its

length

> what is the probability that the three pices will form a

triangle

>

See

http://www.cut-the-knot.org/Curriculum/Probability/TriProbability.shtml