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## #1 2013-04-23 21:58:07

noemi
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### probability-easy one

Hey.. many years have gone by since I've done this exercises..so I need to check some answers..
2 number cubes are rolled. a)What is the probability of getting 6 at least on one cube?  b)What is the probability of getting a number 6 if we know that the sum of two numbers is 8?

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## #2 2013-04-24 01:33:11

SteveB
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### Re: probability-easy one

(a) 11/36
(b) 2/5

I am absolutely sure about the first one, but have a slight nagging doubt about the second.
The thing that occurs to me is Bayes Theorem, and I haven't studied that for a long time.
I therefore decided to think about how many possible combinations added to 8:

6,2
5,3
4,4
3,5
2,6

Then noticed that two of them contained a six. So (2/5)

The thing that made me think of Bayes was that it was "something given something else", but I cannot think how
Bayes could be used in this example. Perhaps it is ((2/36)/(5/36))
Bayes formula would be:  P(K|C) = P(KC)/P(C)
So would it be valid to let  P(KC) be the chance of getting an 8 which also contains a six ?
With P(C) as the chance of getting a total of 8.
With P(K) as the chance of the role containing a six.
With P(K|C) as the chance of the role containing a six given that the total is 8.

(Someone needs to check all of that because I am not sure of it. Haven't done this for ages.)

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## #3 2013-04-24 02:56:24

bobbym
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### Re: probability-easy one

Hi;

a)

Using a gf:

P(at least 1 six) = 1 - 25 / 36 = 11 / 36

b) Enumeration is fine but for a gf, here is one.

The ways to make an 8 are 2sx^2 and 3x^8. So the answer is 2 / 5.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #4 2013-04-24 03:21:48

noemi
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### Re: probability-easy one

great.. I got the same results!
Tnx..

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## #5 2013-04-24 03:46:03

bobbym
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### Re: probability-easy one

Wunderbar!

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #6 2013-04-24 04:09:36

bob bundy
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### Re: probability-easy one

hi noemi

Well done for getting the answers.  Too late but here's my way. See diagram.

Bob

Children are not defined by school ...........The Fonz
You cannot teach a man anything;  you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei
Sometimes I deliberately make mistakes, just to test you!  …………….Bob Bundy

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## #7 2013-04-24 06:10:56

noemi
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### Re: probability-easy one

it was my way too

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