# Probability Problem

• Mar 22nd 2013, 05:26 PM
Probability Problem
A student and a professor choose a two digit number. Find the probability that the two choose the same number.

I'm not sure the best method to solve this or what the answer could be. I do know that it has to be between 10-99.

Thank you.

I talked with a friend that said there are 90 possibilities (10-99) and the student picks one two digit number and the professor picks one two digit number.

1/90 + 1/90= 2/90 and simplified would be ((1/45))that both choose a two digit number.

Is this correct?
• Mar 22nd 2013, 06:10 PM
acls2012
Re: Probability Problem
I'm just guessing here but wouldn't it depend on how they are picking?

For instance if one person picked first. Then the odds that the second person picks the same two digit number is 1/90. However what if they pick at the same time? Then this becomes a question of the same event occurring twice. I would look at it like a dice roll. What are the odds that both people roll a 6? Well that is (1/6)^2. What are the odds they both pick the same two digit number? (1/90)^2.

Might wait for another comment though, my probability engine isn't working well today.
• Mar 22nd 2013, 06:40 PM
Plato
Re: Probability Problem
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