kimblanchard Posted October 13, 2004 Share Posted October 13, 2004 The puzzler from Car Talk was very interesting this week. You are the last guy in line to get on an airplane. There are 100 people in line, and 100 seats. Each of you have a boarding pass directing you to a particular seat. As the first guy is getting on the plane, he drops his boarding pass, and rather than stop to pick it up, he just goes and sits on the plane somewhere. The rest of the people will go sit in their seat unless someone is already there. If someone is in their seat, they will sit in any one of the remaining seats at random. When you walk onto the plane, there will be one seat left. What is the probability that it is the seat on your boarding pass? Hint, try working it out if there are 2, 3, or 4 people and seats. Then maybe you can visualize the pattern. I will come back with the answer after linear algebra. Which should be about 7 central. Curtis Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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