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Firstly, the number of different friends is a fixed constant.
Secondly, the probability of successfully contacting a friend is constant.
The probability of contacting a friend will vary from friend to friend, as some friend might not be free or contactable during that evening.
by continuity correction
Students should be careful to write all assumptions in the context of question. I cannot stress the importance of this. Conditions for Binomial Approximation have to be well stated and explained. Lastly, remember to do continuity correction.