Maria selected two M&M candies at random from a bowl containing three M&Ms,one red, one yellow, and one orange.

1. List a possible combinations.

2.Suppose Maria draws the first M&M, likes it, and eats it before drawing the second M&M. List all possible combinations now.

2. Originally Posted by donny brasco
Maria selected two M&M candies at random from a bowl containing three M&Ms,one red, one yellow, and one orange.

1. List a possible combinations.
This is all possible pairs of M&M's so: (r,y) (r,o) (y,o), there are only these three
possibilities, as order seems not to be significant in this question.

(If it were there would be six posibilities: (r,y) (r,o) (y,o), (y,r), (o,r), (r,y))

2.Suppose Maria draws the first M&M, likes it, and eats it before drawing the second M&M. List all possible combinations now.
Poor wording, I for one don't know what this is asking.

RonL

3. Maria can pick two M&Ms out of the 3 in the bowl in 3 ways.
(r,o),(y,o),(r,y). Here, order is not important.

If she eats the first one, then she will only have 2 M&Ms in the bowl to choose from. She can choose her second one from these in 2 ways. Here order becomes important and there are 6 different possible combinations.

If the first M&M is red,
(r,y), (r,o)

If the first M&M is orange,
(o,r), (o,y)

If the first M&M is yellow,
(y,r), (y,o)