Math Corner - January 25, 2024 Edition




Suppose that the NSU Florida Men’s Baseball team had a promotion whereby students who attend a home game get a sealed trading card one of ten different players on the team. Each game attended yields one sealed trading card pack that would have to be opened to reveal its contents. Suppose student Razor Q. Shark attends home baseball games and collects these card packs but does not open any of them (thus not knowing whether he has unique cards or repeats among his collection.) On average, how many baseball games would he need to attend (and therefore how many card packs would he need to collect) to get one complete set of 10 unique cards (Hint: this is a variation of the classic “Coupon Collector Problem.”)


30 Card Packs

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