Each day, Mr.Samms randomly chooses 2 students from his class to serve as helpers. If there are 15 boys and 10 girls in the class, what is the probability that Mr.Samms will choose 2 girls to be helpers?

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- Mar 7th 2013, 06:35 PMchels2000Probability of an independent event
Each day, Mr.Samms randomly chooses 2 students from his class to serve as helpers. If there are 15 boys and 10 girls in the class, what is the probability that Mr.Samms will choose 2 girls to be helpers?

- Mar 7th 2013, 06:46 PMHallsofIvyRe: Probability of an independent event
First, this is "sampling without replacement" (he can't choose the same person twice) so the events are NOT "independent". The probability he chooses two girls is equal to the probability the first student chosen is a girl multiplied by the probability the second student is a girl

**given**that the first student chosen was a girl.

Initially, there are 25 students, 10 of whom are girls. Assuming all students are equally likely to be chosen, what is the probability that the first student chosen?**Now**how many students are left to choose from? How many of them are girls?