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A slitter assembly contains 48 blades. Five blades are selected at random and evaluated each day for sharpness. If any dull blade is found, the assembly is replaced with a newly sharpened

set of blades.

a. If 10 of the blades in an assembly are dull, what is the probability that the assembly is replaced the first day it is evaluated?

b. If 10 of the blades in an assembly are dull, what is the probability that the assembly is not replaced until the third day of evaluation? [Hint: Assume that the daily decisions are independent, and use the geometric distribution.]

c. Suppose that on the first day of evaluation, 2 of the blades are dull; on the second day of evaluation, 6 are dull; and on the third day of evaluation, 10 are dull. What is the probability that the assembly is not replaced until the third day of evaluation? [Hint: Assume that the daily decisions are independent. However, the probability of replacement changes every day.]