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Quiz of the Month (May 2004)

Hector C. Parr

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SOLUTION TO LAST MONTH'S QUIZ

    1.  550 ft/sec
    2.  26.6o
    3.  5500 ft

Notes

1. While aircraft travels from A to B, sound travels from A to O.
So v/1100 = AB/AO = sin 30o = 0.5

2. While aircraft travels from B to C, sound travels from B to O.
So tan(angle BOC) = BC/BO = 550/1100 = 0.5

3. BC = 5 * 550 = 2750
So 2750/BO = 0.5

THIS MONTH'S QUIZ

Smith and Jones are both somewhat untruthful, and one out of every three statements they make is a lie, i.e. it does not agree with the truth or what they have been told is the truth. Smith, moreover, is not noted for his punctuality, and only on one day in every four does he leave home early enough to walk to the office, having to travel by bus on the other three.

One morning Smith told Jones whether he had walked that day, and Jones passed the news on to me.

1. What is the probability that Jones tells me Smith has walked?

2. If Jones tells me Smith has walked, what is the probability that he had, in fact, done so?

3. What is the probability that what Jones tells me about Smith's journey is true?

Please email your answers to
The solutions will be posted here at the beginning of next month. I will acknowledge any correct solution, and will email to you a Certificate of Merit.
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(c) Hector C. Parr (2004)

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