Could you ever add enough red marbles to a container of sixteen marbles (in which the ratio of red marbles to green marbles is 3 to 5) so that the probability of drawing a green marble at random is 1?

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- March 30th 2007, 04:52 PMaznmartinjaiAdding Red Marbles
Could you ever add enough red marbles to a container of sixteen marbles (in which the ratio of red marbles to green marbles is 3 to 5) so that the probability of drawing a green marble at random is 1?

- March 30th 2007, 07:12 PMtopsquark
If you add red marbles to the container then the probablility of drawing a green marble goes DOWN, not up. So the answer is no.

In case there was a typo in the question, you can't even say the same about drawing a red marble, because there will still be some green marbles in the container, so there will still be a non-zero probability of drawing a green marble instead of a red one.

-Dan