Perms and Combs... a nightmare!

Hey :)

Probability is such a nightmare for me, here's a two part Q I'm struggling with.

A jar contains **5 red**, **2 blue** and **3 green** marbles. What is the probablity of choosing:

a) *at least one green and at least one red marble*

b) *at least one red given that at least one green is chosen*

For part B I'm using the formula of Pr(A|B) = Pr(A int B) / (Pr B), but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the intersection of "at least one red" and "at least one green".

Help would be much appreciated, thanks all!

Re: Perms and Combs... a nightmare!

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**Oaky** Hey :)

Probability is such a nightmare for me, here's a two part Q I'm struggling with.

A jar contains **5 red**, **2 blue** and **3 green** marbles. What is the probablity of choosing:

a) *at least one green and at least one red marble*

b) *at least one red given that at least one green is chosen*

For part B I'm using the formula of Pr(A|B) = Pr(A int B) / (Pr B), but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the intersection of "at least one red" and "at least one green".

Help would be much appreciated, thanks all!

For a) you don't need to worry about intersections. Just use a tree diagram.

In fact, you can use the tree diagram for part b) as well. Just disregard everything that doesn't start with a green...

Re: Perms and Combs... a nightmare!

Quote:

Originally Posted by

**Oaky** Hey :)

Probability is such a nightmare for me, here's a two part Q I'm struggling with.

A jar contains **5 red**, **2 blue** and **3 green** marbles. What is the probablity of choosing:

a) *at least one green and at least one red marble*

Help would be much appreciated, thanks all!

(10 = the possible outcomes, 9 = possible outcome after first event, providing they're not independent events)

__3__ x __5__

10 9

= __15__

90

= __1__

6

Re: Perms and Combs... a nightmare!

i believe this is only half the story.

yes, the chances of selecting a green marble, then a red marble is 1/6.

but the chance of selecting a red marble, then a green marble is (5/10)(3/9) = 1/6,

so the chance of either happening (as these are mutually exclusive chains of events) is 1/6 + 1/6 = 1/3.

also, there are 10!/(2!8!) = 45 ways to pick 2 marbles out of 10.

there are (5)(3) = 15 ways this pair could be a red and green pair. therefore, we have 15/45 = 1/3 chance of getting a red and green pair.

Re: Perms and Combs... a nightmare!