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Binomial Distributions
Have a fixed number of trials
 Each trial has tow possible outcomes
 The trials are independent
 The probability of each outcome is
Binomial Experiments
Suppose a basketball player is shooting
free throws. He has hit (H) about 90% of
his free throws this season. Use a tree
diagram to find the probability that he will
make one of two free throws to win the
Suppose you have n repeated independent
trials, each with a probability of success p
and a probability of failure q (with p +
q=1). Then the binomial probability of x
successes in the n trials can be found by
𝑃 𝑥 = nCx𝑝 𝑥 𝑞𝑛−𝑥
Binomial Probability
As part of a promotion, a store is giving
away scratch-off cards. Each card has a
40% chance of awarding a prize. Suppose
you have five cards. Find the probability
that exactly four of the five cards will reveal
a prize.
You can use binomial expansions to find
binomial probabilities.
Binomial Theorem
Expand using the binomial
Each hour at a cell phone factory, Quality
Control (QC) tests the durability of four
randomly selected phones. If more than
one fails, QC rejects the entire production
for that hour. If in one hour 95% of the
phones made are acceptable, what is the
probability that QC rejects that hour’s
phone production?
A multiple-choice quiz has five questions.
Each question has four answer choices. If
you guess every answer, what is the
probability of getting at least three correct?
Find the probability of x successes in n
trials for the given probability of success p
on each trial.
1. 𝑥 = 2, 𝑛 = 6, 𝑝 = 0.4
2. 𝑥 = 6, 𝑛 = 9, 𝑝 = .05
3. Find the probability of 2 successes in 4
trials of an experiment if the probability
of success of one trial is 0.3