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**Al-Allo****Member**- Registered: 2012-08-23
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hi

If I have the 1 circle, 3 triangles and two hexagons and they're in a bag and pick them two times with return what is the probability of getting exactly one hexagon ?

I get 3/9 but the answer is 4/9....

help pls thanks

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

4 / 9 is the correct answer.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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**Al-Allo****Member**- Registered: 2012-08-23
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Could you explain me how you did it ? I get 12/36 and not 16/36....

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

For school problems you should be using the simplest ideas, especially when you are stuck. Did you draw a tree?

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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**Al-Allo****Member**- Registered: 2012-08-23
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yes. and what do you mean by simplest ideas ?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You always have to get an answer. One way, or the other.

Let me show you how to draw the tree without drawing it:

This is your set of possibilities,

now the triangles and the circle we are not interested in so we give them the generic label of "other." Your set becomes,

the tree looks like this,

oh

ho

oo

hh

do you follow?

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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**Al-Allo****Member**- Registered: 2012-08-23
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ok...

explain this

oh

ho

oo

hh

*Last edited by Al-Allo (2013-03-29 11:48:30)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

oh = ( 4 / 6 ) ( 2 / 6 )

ho = ( 2 / 6 ) ( 4 / 6 )

oo = who cares

hh = who cares

Can you finish that?

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**Al-Allo****Member**- Registered: 2012-08-23
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it gives 16/36

but i still don't understand the logic behind it how did you get those numbers ?ty

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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ho means I drew a hexagon and then something else. The probability of drawing a h is 2 / 6 because there are 2 of them out of the total 6. Then I draw an o, the probability is ( 4 / 6 ) because there are 4 of them out of 6. Same logic for oh.

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**Al-Allo****Member**- Registered: 2012-08-23
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i think im gonna re read the problem... im not sure of even understanding what they want ..ty for your help

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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If you are not sure of the problem then please just copy it over here.

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**Al-Allo****Member**- Registered: 2012-08-23
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Here :

An aleatory experience consists of turning an arrow on a roulette two times. (3 triangles, 1 circle, and two hexagon)

Question : What is the probability of obtaining exactly one haxagon.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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The question is the same as the one you posted in post #1. The answer and logic are the same, 4 / 9. I can draw a tree if it will help.

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**Al-Allo****Member**- Registered: 2012-08-23
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Yes, please. !

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Here is the full tree do you know what to do from here? Pay no attention to the numbers after the words circle triangle or hexagon.

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**Al-Allo****Member**- Registered: 2012-08-23
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anyway, ill go through what you posted tomorrow, i dont have the energy tonight to think about it. thanks for your efforts to help.*curiously, when you get stuck on problems, how do you operate to solve them? any principles,etc. ?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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For probability and combinatorics when stuck I do it the hard way. No calculations, draw trees or count them all by hand.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**

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