3 of 10 samples are contaminated. 2 are randomly chosen. What is the probability of both of the chosen samples are contaminated?

Hope you can help.

Thanks.

EDIT:please include all working.

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- August 14th 2006, 11:13 PMBartimaeus3 of 10 samples are contaminated
3 of 10 samples are contaminated. 2 are randomly chosen. What is the probability of both of the chosen samples are contaminated?

Hope you can help.

Thanks.

EDIT:please include all working. - August 14th 2006, 11:44 PMCaptainBlackQuote:

Originally Posted by**Bartimaeus**

Probability that second sample is contaminate given the first

is contaminated is P2=2/9.

Probability both contaminated=P1*P2

RonL - August 15th 2006, 12:10 AMBartimaeus
Thanks RonL

- August 15th 2006, 06:22 AMSoroban
Hello, Bartimaeus!

RonL's solution is the best one.

Here's an alternate approach (if you're familiar with Combinations).

Quote:

Three of ten samples are contaminated. .Two are randomly chosen.

What is the probability of both of the chosen samples are contaminated?

There are possible outcomes.

To get two contaminated samples, there are: ways.

Therefore: .

- August 23rd 2006, 11:15 PMBartimaeus
I'm not really familiar with Combinations.

Could you explain them further to me, please?

:) - August 24th 2006, 11:40 AMThePerfectHackerQuote:

Originally Posted by**Bartimaeus**

.36 .357 .308 .45 .50

And you are told to select two of them, the possibilities are,

Code:`.36 and .357`

.36 and .308

.36 and .45

.36 and .50

.357 and .308

.357 and .45

.357 and .50

.308 and .45

.308 and .50

.45 and .50

You chose 2 from 5. We write,

another notation,

.

The mathematical formula is,

Note: Sometimes the combinations formula is refferred to as the binomial coefficients. Because the coefficients in the binomial expansion follow the combinations formula.