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Set S consists of all prime numbers less than 10. If two numbers are chosen from et S at random, what is the probability that the product of these numbers will be greater than the product of the numbers which were not chosen?

A. 1/3
B. 2/3
C. 1/2
D. 7/10
E. 4/5
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Prime integers below 10: 2, 3, 5, 7

Total outcomes: Number of ways you can choose 2 from 4 = \(4C2= 6 pairs\)
No. of ways for Event: Pairs that will have products greater than product of pairs not selected i.e. (3,5), (3,7), (5,7) \(= 3 pairs\)

Probability = number of ways/Total outcomes \(= 3/6 = 1/2\)

Hence choice(C) is correct.
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Set S consists of all prime numbers less than 10. If two numbers are chosen from et S at random, what is the probability that the product of these numbers will be greater than the product of the numbers which were not chosen?

A. 1/3
B. 2/3
C. 1/2
D. 7/10
E. 4/5


S={2, 3, 5, 7}

The simplest way would be to realize that we choose half of the numbers (basically we divide the group of 4 into two smaller groups of 2) and since a tie is not possible then the probability that the product of the numbers in either of subgroup is more than that of in another is 1/2 (the probability doesn't favor any of two subgroups).

Answer: C.

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Set S consists of all prime numbers less than 10. If two numbers are chosen from et S at random, what is the probability that the product of these numbers will be greater than the product of the numbers which were not chosen?

A. 1/3
B. 2/3
C. 1/2
D. 7/10
E. 4/5


S={2, 3, 5, 7}

The simplest way would be to realize that we choose half of the numbers (basically we divide the group of 4 into two smaller groups of 2) and since a tie is not possible then the probability that the product of the numbers in either of subgroup is more than that of in another is 1/2 (the probability doesn't favor any of two subgroups).

Answer: C.

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Sorry about that, failed to remember that after reading the rules a while back.

This question was nice and simple when I don't make a stupid mistake and put 9 in with the set (doh!)
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