In his autobiography A Sort of Life, British author Graham

In his autobiography A Sort of Life, British author Graham Greene described a period of severe mental depression during which he played Russian Roulette. This “game’s consists of putting a bullet in one of the six chambers of a pistol, spinning the chambers to select one at random, and then firing the pistol once at one’s head.

a. Greene played this game six times and was lucky that none of them resulted in a bullet firing. Find the probability of this outcome.

b. Suppose that he had kept playing this game until the bullet fired. Let Y denote the number of the game on which it fires. Show the probability mass function for Y, and justify.

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