# Math Help - Biased coin

1. ## Biased coin

Ben spins a biased coin twice. The probability that it will come down heads both times is 0.36

What is the probability that it will come down tails both time?

Is it 1 - 0.36 = 0.64

2. Originally Posted by Natasha1
What is the probability that it will come down tails both time?

Is it 1 - 0.36 = 0.64
No.

$(p_H)^2=0.36$

$p_H=0.6$

$p_T=1-p_H=1-0.6=0.4$

Probability that it will come down tails both time is $(p_T)^2=0.16$

3. Originally Posted by Natasha1
Ben spins a biased coin twice. The probability that it will come down heads both times is 0.36

What is the probability that it will come down tails both time?

Is it 1 - 0.36 = 0.64
It isn't a very significant addition to what Alex said, but the reason your method is incorrect is that you haven't considered the two possible scenarios whereby you could obtain exactly one head and one tail.

4. Originally Posted by Natasha1
Ben spins a biased coin twice. The probability that it will come down heads both times is 0.36

What is the probability that it will come down tails both time?

Is it 1 - 0.36 = 0.64
Let $p$ be the probability that the coin comes down heads on a single flip. Then the probability that it comes down heads on two consecutive flips is:

$p^2=0.36$

The probability that it comes down tails on two consecutive flips is: $(1-p)^2$.....

and the rest is algebra

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