There is a shooting event organised by the SBT youth Club to select the best candidate who will qualify to participate in Eklavya championship. The shooting board is designed by using $4$ concentric circles of radii $2$ inch, $3$ inch, $5$ inch and $9$ inch. What is the probability that the participant will shoot only in the second ring to qualify for Eklavya championship?

Total area = $81\pi $
Area of the second ring = $5\pi$

So shouldn't the probability will be = $\frac{5}{81}$

But this is not the right answer. The correct answer that has been given is $\frac{16}{81}$ and I am not able to get that how can this be the answer? What am I doing wrong? Please help !!!

Thanks in advance !!!

  • $\begingroup$ What is the right answer? $\endgroup$ Jul 5 at 8:51
  • $\begingroup$ The confusions seems to be about the definition of what second ring means. Is the right answer $1/9$? $\endgroup$ Jul 5 at 8:51
  • $\begingroup$ @RishiSonthalia : Updated the question with the answer that has been given. $\endgroup$
    – Ganit
    Jul 5 at 9:09
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    $\begingroup$ Dunno. Maybe it was meant to ask "third ring" (or the smallest is not counted as a ring because it is a disk). After all $16=5^2-3^2$. $\endgroup$
    – drhab
    Jul 5 at 9:13

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The confusion seems to be in the way ring is defined. The question should have made this more clear, in my opinion.

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The red circle in the centre of the above dart board does not represent a ring. Only the green and blue regions are rings. Therefore, the second ring corresponds to the blue region.

Hence, the answer is

$$\frac{\pi \cdot (5^2 - 3^2)}{\pi \cdot 9^2} = \boxed{\frac{16}{81}}$$


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