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Golf for 6 - 2 three balls 2016-02-01
From Andy:
We are shortly having a golf holiday in Phoenix. There are 6 people playing 6 rounds, so we will play in 2 three balls. Is there a combination of pairings that ensures everyone plays with each other the same number of times. Many thanks for your help ! Andy
Answered by Victoria West.
20 golfers playing four rounds 2015-08-17
From Paul:
I have a party of 20 golfers playing four rounds in fourballs. I realise that everyone will have 7 players that they do not play with, however I want to ensure that no one plays with the same person twice and that the Captain plays with the 12 players of his choice.
Answered by Victoria West.
What is the probability that the sixth draw will be a red ball? 2012-11-23
From Patty:
The probability of drawing a red ball out of a bag containing one red ball and one black ball is 1/2. An experiment is conducted where these two balls are placed in a bag before drawing a ball out. A ball is drawn 5 times from the bag containing the two balls. Each of the first five times the red ball was drawn out. what is the probability that the sixth draw will be a red ball?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Three tennis balls 2012-05-17
From eiman:
Three tennis balls are placed inside a container . the tennis balls are tangent to the top, bottom,and sides of the container . find the volume of air inside the container surrounding the tennis balls if the diameter of the tennis balls is 6 inches
Answered by Chris Fisher.
Golf: 8 players over 4 days in 4-balls 2012-05-03
From JimB:
I cannot seem to get this to work. Previous answers cover 2-balls, but we are 4-balls.

What we really want is for each player to play with each other, at least once and no more than twice.
Ideally, each would also play equally in the first and the second 4-ball of the day.

Answered by Victoria West.
There are 12 balls and one balls weight is different than the others 2010-08-12
From david:
if there was 12 balls and one balls weight is different than the other and use a balance 3 times is there a possible way to find which weigh different
Answered by Robert Dawson.
Packing spheres in a given region 2010-01-27
Answered by Robert Dawson.
Balls and cubes in an urn 2008-09-09
From Dave:
In an urn, there are 80 objects of two kinds: cubes (C) and balls (B). An object can be either red (R) or green (G). Note that all the four combinations are possible and that the number of cubes is not necessarily equal to the number of balls. Similarly, the number of red objects is not necessarily equal to the number of green objects. Someone tells us that in the urn there are 20 red cubes, 50 balls, and 30 red objects. An object is randomly selected from the urn.
(a). What is the probability that a green ball is selected?
(b). If we know that a cube has been selected, what is the probability that it's red?
(c). If we know that a red object has been selected, what is the probability that it's a cube?

Answered by Harley Weston.
Volume of a tennis ball can 2006-04-16
From Jon:
Tennis balls are generally packaged in circular cylinders that hold 3 balls each. The diameter of a tennis ball is 6.5 cm. Find the volume of a can of tennis balls.
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
Balls in a cylinder 2006-03-03
From Roxanne:
If a cylindrical can holds three balls with no room to spare, explain how to find the volume of the air that surrounds the balls in the can. Yet the balls have a diameter of six inches
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
Twelve golf balls 2005-12-28
From Todd:
You have 12 golf balls and 11 of them are the exact same weight, but one of them is either a little heavier or a little lighter. You only have three attempts to weigh the balls. How can you determine which ball weighs more/less than the rest?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Tennis balls and probability 2004-11-01
From Jeremy:
I have a hopper of tennis balls that contains 25 new tennis balls and 10 old tennis balls. In the hopper the tennis balls are mixed up randomly. If i take one ball out of the hopper and hit it and then put it back and then take another ball out of the hopper and hit it and put it back, what is the probability that i hit two new tennis balls? Also a tennis ball becomes old after being hit just once.
Answered by Penny Nom.
Forty balls are placed in a bag 2004-06-19
From Sheila:
Forty balls numbered 1-10 are placed in a bag and four are drawn at random. What is the probability that the first ball drawn is between 1-10 (inclusive) the second is between 11-20, the third is between 21-30 and the last is between 31-40?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Selecting balls from a golf bag 2004-02-21
From A student:
There are 5 white and 5 yellow balls in a golf bag. Two are selected randomly, and simultaneously. What is the probability that the first one or the second one will be white?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Distributing r identical balls into n distinct boxes 2003-03-16
From Diana:
How many ways to distribute r identical balls into n distinct boxes with exactly m boxes empty?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Manufactures golf balls 2001-11-06
From Kevin:
A company manufactures golf balls. Golf balls are each numbered consecutively 0 to 4, and then the numbering starts over with zero again. Every 12th golf ball is yellow. Every 8th golf ball is tested for defects. The company produces 120,000 golf balls in an eight-hour shift.

A. How many yellow golf balls are tested for defects during the day? Explain your reasoning.

B. How many of these yellow balls that are tested are imprinted with the numeral 2? Explain your reasoning.

Answered by Penny Nom.
Buckets of golf balls 2001-02-08
From A student:
A bucket containing 40 golf balls weighs 135 ounces. The same bucket with 20 golf balls weighs 75 ounces. What is the weight of the bucket?
Answered by Claude Tardif.
Cannonballs 1999-01-27
From Roger King:
How many cannonballs can be stacked in a triangular pyramid?
Answered by Penny Nom.



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