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The probability that a target will be shot two out of two [#permalink]
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The probability that B can shoot a target two out of two times is 0.25. What is the probability that the target will be missed by B immediately after such two shots?
Re: The probability that a target will be shot two out of two [#permalink]
17 Mar 2013, 22:23
Probablity of B can shoot a target 2/2 is 0.25 i.e. the probablity that he will shot both the times is 1/4. And the probality that he will score either 1 or 0 (miss 1 or both) is 3/4. Hence the probablity of miss the target should be 3/4 i.e. 0.75. Answer is C.
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The probability of 2 "times" is 0,25 \(x^2=0,25\) \(x=0,5\) x= probability of missing/hitting the target
The probability that he will miss the next shot is 0,5. "The streak" is not relevant.If I throw a coin the probability of getting one "side" is the same regardless of what I have obtained in the previous shots.
Correct me if I am wrong. _________________
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Re: The probability that a target will be shot two out of two [#permalink]
18 Mar 2013, 05:26
Zarrolou wrote:
The probability of 2 "times" is 0,25 \(x^2=0,25\) \(x=0,5\) x= probability of missing/hitting the target
The probability that he will miss the next shot is 0,5. "The streak" is not relevant.If I throw a coin the probability of getting one "side" is the same regardless of what I have obtained in the previous shots.
Correct me if I am wrong.
OA is B and the above explanation is correct. _________________
Re: The probability that a target will be shot two out of two [#permalink]
24 Mar 2013, 00:42
Suppose there are total 'x' shots. B shoots 2 out of 2 times. means out of x shots (x>2) B shots 2 out of 2 ----> B shots at least 2 out of x. therefore, 2/x = 0.25 (given)
the target will be missed by B immediately after such two shots : this means he can shot just twice ...the third shot cannot happen which means he missed (x-2) shots. thus, the probabilty of missing just after 2 shots is (x-2)/x. (x-2)/x = 1 - 2/x = 1 - 0.25 = 0.75
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24 Mar 2013, 02:13
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Perhaps wrote:
Suppose there are total 'x' shots. B shoots 2 out of 2 times. means out of x shots (x>2) B shots 2 out of 2 ----> B shots at least 2 out of x. therefore, 2/x = 0.25 (given)
the target will be missed by B immediately after such two shots : this means he can shot just twice ...the third shot cannot happen which means he missed (x-2) shots. thus, the probabilty of missing just after 2 shots is (x-2)/x. (x-2)/x = 1 - 2/x = 1 - 0.25 = 0.75
Answer : C
Please correct me.
Frankly I don't understand your reasoning above. Anyway:
The probability that B can shoot a target two out of two times is 0.25 --> if the probability of success is p, then the probability of two successes in a row is p*p, we are told that p*p=0.25 --> p=0.5.
Now, the third shoot is independent from the first two, thus the probability of success with third try is p=0.5 and the probability of missing in third try is 1-p=0.5.
Re: The probability that a target will be shot two out of two [#permalink]
24 Mar 2013, 04:38
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Frankly I don't understand your reasoning above. Anyway:
The probability that B can shoot a target two out of two times is 0.25 --> if the probability of success is p, then the probability of two successes in a row is p*p, we are told that p*p=0.25 --> p=0.5.
Now, the third shoot is independent from the first two, thus the probability of success with third try is p=0.5 and the probability of missing in third try is 1-p=0.5.
Answer: B.
hey bunuel ....i still cant understand the method:( why v r considering p=0.25 ... while in ques its clearly mentioned that success for two shots is 0.25 ....
Re: The probability that a target will be shot two out of two [#permalink]
24 Mar 2013, 04:40
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Perhaps wrote:
Quote:
Frankly I don't understand your reasoning above. Anyway:
The probability that B can shoot a target two out of two times is 0.25 --> if the probability of success is p, then the probability of two successes in a row is p*p, we are told that p*p=0.25 --> p=0.5.
Now, the third shoot is independent from the first two, thus the probability of success with third try is p=0.5 and the probability of missing in third try is 1-p=0.5.
Answer: B.
hey bunuel ....i still cant understand the method:( why v r considering p=0.25 ... while in ques its clearly mentioned that success for two shots is 0.25 ....
Re: The probability that a target will be shot two out of two [#permalink]
02 Jul 2014, 05:35
There are only 2 possibilietes: hit or no hit. Hence for the first shot the probability of hitting the target is 1/2. For the second shot also 1/2. Thus, the probability of hitting both is 1/2*1/2 = 1/4. Not hitting the next target is again 1/2. Hence B.
Re: The probability that a target will be shot two out of two [#permalink]
15 Jul 2014, 22:23
Bunuel wrote:
Frankly I don't understand your reasoning above. Anyway:
The probability that B can shoot a target two out of two times is 0.25 --> if the probability of success is p, then the probability of two successes in a row is p*p, we are told that p*p=0.25 --> p=0.5.
Now, the third shoot is independent from the first two, thus the probability of success with third try is p=0.5 and the probability of missing in third try is 1-p=0.5.
Answer: B.
Hello Bunuel,
How is the third shot independent of the first two shots ? The question states that "What is the probability that the target will be missed by B immediately after such two shots". I assumed this to be a conditional probability. That is, we have to consider only those failures which follow two successes.
Re: The probability that a target will be shot two out of two [#permalink]
16 Jul 2014, 01:32
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parul1591 wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
Frankly I don't understand your reasoning above. Anyway:
The probability that B can shoot a target two out of two times is 0.25 --> if the probability of success is p, then the probability of two successes in a row is p*p, we are told that p*p=0.25 --> p=0.5.
Now, the third shoot is independent from the first two, thus the probability of success with third try is p=0.5 and the probability of missing in third try is 1-p=0.5.
Answer: B.
Hello Bunuel,
How is the third shot independent of the first two shots ? The question states that "What is the probability that the target will be missed by B immediately after such two shots". I assumed this to be a conditional probability. That is, we have to consider only those failures which follow two successes.
Appreciate your thoughts on this ! Thank you
Agree that the wording is not perfect. But "missed by B immediately after such two shots" means that these two shoots have already been made. _________________
Re: The probability that a target will be shot two out of two [#permalink]
03 Nov 2014, 03:52
probability of at least 1 miss in the 2 hits is 0.75. (1-0.25). so (miss,hit)(hit,miss) (miss miss) is 0.75. in these 2 out of three is miss in the first attempt(which replicates for 3rd attempt). hence (2/3)*0.75=0.5.
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