A community for students. Sign up today!
Here's the question you clicked on:
 0 viewing
 2 years ago
Game of head and tails between 2 people. The first one to 8 is the winner. If the game is interrupted, when one person has 6 wins and the other has 4, how should the prize money be split?
 2 years ago
Game of head and tails between 2 people. The first one to 8 is the winner. If the game is interrupted, when one person has 6 wins and the other has 4, how should the prize money be split?

This Question is Closed

JakeV8
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1This looks like a probability problem, but it isn't. If the players split the prize money based on how many wins each has, then it's really a ratio problem.dw:1352844957072:dw

abz_tech
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0so the answer is just 2:3?

JakeV8
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1sort of. Your problem is not very clear on what format the answer should be in. The ratio of player 1 (with 6 wins) to player 2 (with 4 wins) is 3:2. If you had to provide a fraction of the winnings that each player would get, remember that the whole here is 6 + 4 = 10. So player 1 would get 6/10 of the winnings, and player 2 would get 4/10. (and you could reduce those fractions if needed)

abz_tech
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0hmm, what i first thought too.. but seems.. a bit too easy

abz_tech
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0well any way thx for the opinion

abz_tech
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0i think the part '8 games' should fit somehwere in the answer..not sure how though

JakeV8
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1yes, that bugs me a bit too. I believe that the "first person to 8 wins" is just a distractor to try to make you make an error. I'll think about it another minute... not totally convinced yet.

JakeV8
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1If the players split all the prize money, then I think the 6/10 and 4/10 split (or the 3:2 ratio), is correct. You could try to make the claim that since neither got to 8, then the players should split something less than the whole prize money, in some sort of ratio based on how close they were to winning the 8 games needed to actually win. But that is going way beyond what is written in the problem... not usually a good idea.

abz_tech
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0if you where to do that how would it go?

JakeV8
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1I don't think that 2nd approach is correct, but you could try it like: 6 is 3/4 of 8 games. 4 is half of 8 games. So 3/4 + 1/2 of the prize money should be paid out... 3/4 to Player 1, and 1/2 to player 2. But that obviously makes no sense... 3/4 + 1/2 is more than the total prize money.

JakeV8
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1I don't know... I can't think of any way to make that 2nd approach work short of just making an arbitrary choice that you would only award some portion of the total prize money for incomplete games, and then apply your 3:2 proportion to the amount you made up. Like if it was supposed to be a $100 prize, you could decide to award $50 for an incomplete game, then player 1 would get $30 and player 2 would get $20... but you are totally making up everything but the 3:2 proportion here... none of the rest is given in the problem.

abz_tech
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0alright thank you very much

JakeV8
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Glad to help... sorry the problem wasn't a little more clear. Good luck!
Ask your own question
Ask a QuestionFind more explanations on OpenStudy
Your question is ready. Sign up for free to start getting answers.
spraguer
(Moderator)
5
→ View Detailed Profile
is replying to Can someone tell me what button the professor is hitting...
23
 Teamwork 19 Teammate
 Problem Solving 19 Hero
 Engagement 19 Mad Hatter
 You have blocked this person.
 ✔ You're a fan Checking fan status...
Thanks for being so helpful in mathematics. If you are getting quality help, make sure you spread the word about OpenStudy.