# Math Help - Probability of an independent event

1. ## Probability 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?

2. ## Re: 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?