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A man has five pairs of socks (no two pairs are the same color). If he randomly selects two socks from a drawer, what is the probability that he gets a matching pair?
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A man has five pairs of socks (no two pairs are the same color). If he randomly selects two socks from a drawer, what is the probability that he gets a matching pair?
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izzy56658989Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
1/2 chances or 5/10
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mathishard2Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
The answer in the book says 1/9...
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izzy56658989Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
i never said it was gonna be right there was a half chance i was wrong
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mathishard2Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I'm not trying to show that you're wrong... I just wanted to see if someone could explain this question to me. Because math is hard. And I have a test on probablility tomorrow.
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izzy56658989Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
k there's 5 there it's an uneven number which means if u tryed to pair them all up 1 would be left behind
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izzy56658989Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
lik if u got rid of that 1 sock and did 4x2 =8+1=9
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izzy56658989Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
there's ur denominator
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satellite73Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
he picks one sock it is some color
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satellite73Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
then there are 9 socks left in the drawer, and only one has the same color as the sock he picked originally
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izzy56658989Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
exactly it never said they were the same colors
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satellite73Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
so the probability that the next sock he picks has the same color is \(\frac{1}{9}\)
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satellite73Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
it is easier to think about it if you imagine picking one at a time instead of two at once
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satellite73Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
we can also solve with thinking of picking two at once the number of ways he can pick the two socks out of the total of ten socks is \[\dbinom{10}{2}=\frac{10\times 9}{2}=5\times 9=45\] of those 45 ways, 5 of them are pairs that match, so you get the probability as \[\frac{5}{45}=\frac{1}{9}\]
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satellite73Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
i think the first way is easier to envision, but it is a matter of taste i suppose
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