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If two numbers, a and b, are to be chosen from a set of 4 [#permalink]
03 Jan 2008, 14:40

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If two numbers, a and b, are to be chosen from a set of 4 consecutive integers starting with 1 and a set of three consecutive even integers starting with 4, respectively, what is the probability that b/a will not be an integer?

Answers: (A) 1/6 (B) 1/4 (C) 1/3 (D) 1/2 (E) 2/3

Last edited by Ravshonbek on 03 Jan 2008, 15:05, edited 2 times in total.

If two numbers, a and b, are to be chosen from a set of 4 consecutive integers starting with 1 and a set of three consecutive even integers starting with 4, respectively, what is the probability that b/a will not be an integer?

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If two numbers, a and b, are to be chosen from a set of 4 consecutive integers starting with 1 and a set of three consecutive even integers starting with 4, respectively, what is the probability that b/a will not be an integer?

Answers: (A) 1/6 (B) 1/4 (C) 1/3 (D) 1/2 (E) 2/3

{1,2,3,4} {4,6,8} b/a not integer 4/3,6/3,8/3 p = 3/12 =1/4 _________________

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If two numbers, a and b, are to be chosen from a set of 4 consecutive integers starting with 1 and a set of three consecutive even integers starting with 4, respectively, what is the probability that b/a will not be an integer?

Answers: (A) 1/6 (B) 1/4 (C) 1/3 (D) 1/2 (E) 2/3

Soln: a is from the following set {1,2,3,4} b is from the following set {4,6,8}

Total number of ways of choosing 2 integers, one from each set is = 4* 3 = 12 ways

Now the number of possibilities where b/a is not an integer is for the following outcomes {b,a} => {4,3},{6,4},{8,3} = 3 ways

If two numbers, a and b, are to be chosen from a set of 4 consecutive integers starting with 1 and a set of three consecutive even integers starting with 4, respectively, what is the probability that b/a will not be an integer?

Answers: (A) 1/6 (B) 1/4 (C) 1/3 (D) 1/2 (E) 2/3

{1,2,3,4} {4,6,8} b/a not integer 4/3,6/3,8/3 p = 3/12 =1/4

Re: If two numbers, a and b, are to be chosen from a set of 4 [#permalink]
29 Feb 2012, 10:44

OK, here's an example of how to get an easy question wrong. I assumed (misread) the question to mean that a and b sets are interchangeable. Implying that a and b could be selected from either {1,2,3,4} or {4,6,8}.

I now realize that I had misread the question, but if that was the original question, then: P(b/a is not an integer) = P(b/a not an integer where b in {1234} and a in {468}) + P(b/a not an integer where b in {468} and a in {1234}) = 11/12 + 3/12 = 7/12.

Going back to the question that was asked: P(b/a not an integer where b in {468} and a in {1234}) = 3/12 = 1/4.

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