Mary Katherine has a bag of 3 red apples, 5 yellow apples and 4 green apples. Mary takes a red apple out of the bag and does not replace it. What is the probability that the next apple she takes out is yellow?
A)
5
44
B)
4
11
C)
5
12
D)
5
11
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A.

- Vocaloid

@rissyroo118:
actually, the previous answer is incorrect (no offense intended!)
ok, so there were originally 5 yellow apples and 12 total apples (3+5+4) = 12, correct?
one red apple was taken away, so that leaves us with 5 yellow apples and 11 total apples
probability of getting a yellow apple = #of yellow apples/# of total apples

- rissyroo118

so C 5/12?

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- Vocaloid

nope, please try again:
there were 12 apples at the beginning. Mary took away 1 apple, so how many apples were left?

- Kash_TheSmartGuy

wait so we divide the fractions or do we multiply them? I think we multiply them.

- Vocaloid

@Kash_TheSmartGuy : nope, no multiplication here. the question is NOT asking "what is the probability of getting a yellow apple on both tries", it's only asking for the probability of picking a yellow apple after the first red apple is taken away

- Vocaloid

@rissyroo118 : anyway, would you mind answering my question? how many apples are left after Mary takes away one red apple?

- rissyroo118

would make 11 apples left if mary took one

- Vocaloid

right!, so how many yellow apples are there, and how many total apples are there?

- rissyroo118

5 yellow all together 11 apples so 5 / 11 = D

- Vocaloid

Great! Excellent work. :)

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