# Exponential random variable with Minimum and Maximum Probability

If $X_1, X_2, X_3, X_4, X_5$ are independent and identically distributed exponential random variables with the parameter λ, compute

(a) $P{(min(X_1,...,X_5) \le a});$

(b) $P{(max(X_1,...,X_5) \le a}).$

I am real lost on what the question is even asking here. I know how to work with exponential random variables in terms of $f(x)=λe^{-λx}$ and $F(x)=1-e^{-λx}$. But how would I use those ideas here?

For part (a), you can express the probability as $$P{(min(X_1,...,X_5) \le a}) = 1-P((X_1>a) \cap (X_2>a) \cap (X_3>a) \cap (X_4>a) \cap (X_5>a))$$
For part (b), you have $$P{(max(X_1,...,X_5) \le a}) = P((X_1 \leq a) \cap (X_2 \leq a) \cap (X_3 \leq a) \cap (X_4 \leq a) \cap (X_5 \leq a))$$