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Probability of Guessing a Combination Lock on the First Try

A typical "combination" lock is opened with the correct sequence of three numbers between 0 and 49 inclusive. (A number can be used more than once.) What is the probability of guessing those three numbers and opening the lock with the first try?

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The chances of guessing the first number is one out of 50 (0 to 49- so you have 50 possible numbers), or 1/50

Since we can repeat the same number in the ...

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115 words to explain and show the calculations to finding the probability that someone guesses the correct three numbers to open a combination lock.

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