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    Paul and Gill decide to play a board game. The probability that Paul wins the game is 0.25 and the probability that Gill wins is 0.3. They decide to play three games. Given that the results of successive games are independent, find the probability that
    a Paul wins three games in a row,b all games are drawn,c Gill wins two games and Paul wins one game,d each player wins just one game each.
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    I think it should be like this:-

    a) 0.25 . 0.25 .0.25 = 1/64
    b) 0.45 . 0.45 . 0.45 = 729/8000
    c) 9/400
    d) 27/800

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curious_eager View Post
    I think it should be like this:-

    a) 0.25 . 0.25 .0.25 = 1/64
    b) 0.45 . 0.45 . 0.45 = 729/8000
    c) 9/400
    d) 27/800

    Thanks,
    Anshu
    Hey,

    Can you explain your working? Cause I know what the right answers are but dont know how to get to them.

    Also the answers for c and d shown on my book is 0.0675 and 0.203 respectively.

    thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tweety View Post
    Hey,

    Can you explain your working? Cause I know what the right answers are but dont know how to get to them.

    Also the answers for c and d shown on my book is 0.0675 and 0.203 respectively.

    ?
    A tree diagram would probably be your best bet:

    c) 3(0.25*0.3^2) =0.0675. This is because there are three identical ways of Paul winning and Gill winning two (it's clearer on a tree diagram)

    d) d each player wins just one game each.

    6(0.25*0.3*0.45) = 0.2025. This is because Paul must win one, Gill must win one and one must be a draw. Following the branches there are 6 ways this can happen
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    Thanks a lot for correcting me. I missed that earlier.
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