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Jean drew a gumball at random from a jar of pink and blue

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Jean drew a gumball at random from a jar of pink and blue gumballs. Since the gumball she selected was blue and she wanted a pink one, she replaced it and drew another. The second gumball also happened to be blue and she replaced it as well. If the probability of her drawing the two blue gumballs was 9/49, what is the probability that the next one she draws will be pink?

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Re: Jean drew a gumball at random from a jar of pink and blue gu [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 01:45
The probability of drawing a pink gumball both times is the same. The probability that she drew two blue gumballs = 9/49 = (3/7) * (3/7)

Therefore probability that the next one she draws is pink = 4/7

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Re: Jean drew a gumball at random from a jar of pink and blue gu [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 02:13
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Jean drew a gumball at random from a jar of pink and blue gumballs. Since the gumball she selected was blue and she wanted a pink one, she replaced it and drew another. The second gumball also happened to be blue and she replaced it as well. If the probability of her drawing the two blue gumballs was 9/49, what is the probability that the next one she draws will be pink?

A. 1/49
B. 4/7
C. 3/7
D. 16/49
E. 40/49


The probability of picking a blue gum is \frac{blue}{total}, the probability of picking two blue gums in a row (with replacement) is \frac{blue}{total}*\frac{blue}{total} --> \frac{blue}{total}*\frac{blue}{total}=\frac{9}{49} --> \frac{blue}{total}=\frac{3}{7}.

Since there are ONLY pink and blue gums in the jar then the probability of picking pink would be 1-\frac{3}{7}=\frac{4}{7}.

Answer: B.
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Re: Jean drew a gumball at random from a jar of pink and blue [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 08:15
thanks for the question.
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Re: Jean drew a gumball at random from a jar of pink and blue [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 08:20
These are the questions which generally confuse us with their wordiness..
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