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Find the expected weight of the last straw.

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A camel is loaded with straws until it's back breaks. Each straw has a weight uniformly distributed between 0 and 1, independent of other straws. The camel's back breaks as soon as the total weight of all the straws exceeds 1.

Find the expected weight of the last straw that breaks the camel's back. (knowledge of probability required)

posted Jul 1, 2014 by Chahat Sharma

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