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A and B have less than 6 diamonds each.What is the probability

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A and B have less than 6 diamonds each.What is the probability that the sum of diamonds they have is more than 3 but less than 7?

a) 3/5
b) 9/25
c) 4/9
d) 2/3
e) 3/2
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A and B have less than 6 diamonds each.What is the probability that the sum of diamonds they have is more than 3 but less than 7?

a) 3/5
b) 9/25
c) 4/9
d) 2/3
e) 3/2


First let sfind the total ways..


Since both A and B should have <6, they can have 0,1,2,3,4 or 5 so 6 ways each..
ways to choose one each = 6*6=36 ways..

Here itself we can eliminate a,b and d as the denominator has to be 36 or its factor. d has 2 but prob>1, which is not possible

lets see how the sum can be 4, 5 or 6..


1) 4
0,4 or 4,0 -2 ways
1,3 or 3,1 - 2 ways
2,2 --------- 1 way
Total - 5 ways


2) 5
0,5 or 5,0 -2 ways
1,4 or 4,1 - 2 ways
2,3 or 3,2 - 2 way
Total - 6 ways


3) 6
0,6 or 6,0 -2 ways -- NO, since we are looking for number<6
1,5 or 5,1 - 2 ways
2,4 or 4,2 - 2 way
3,3 -------- 1 way
Total - 5 ways


Total = 5+6+5 = 16 ways

so prob =\(\frac{16}{36} = \frac{4}{9}\)
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theperfectgentleman wrote:
A and B have less than 6 diamonds each.What is the probability that the sum of diamonds they have is more than 3 but less than 7?

a) 3/5
b) 9/25
c) 4/9
d) 2/3
e) 3/2


A has 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 diamonds;
B has 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 diamonds.

More than 3 but less than 7 = 4, 5, or 6.

4:
{A, B}
{4, 0}
{3, 1}
{2, 2}
{1, 3}
{0, 4}


5:
{A, B}
{5, 0}
{4, 1}
{3, 2}
{2, 3}
{1, 4}
{0, 5}

6:
{A, B}
{5, 1}
{4, 2}
{3, 3}
{2, 4}
{1, 5}

Favorable = 5 + 6 + 5 = 16.
Total = 6*6 = 36

Probability = 16/36 = 4/9.

Answer: C.
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theperfectgentleman wrote:
A and B have less than 6 diamonds each.What is the probability that the sum of diamonds they have is more than 3 but less than 7?

a) 3/5
b) 9/25
c) 4/9
d) 2/3
e) 3/2


Here should not the total number of possible ways in which A and B can have diamonds be 30? (0,0), (1,1)....(5,5) will be counted as one unlike (0,1) and (1,0).
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theperfectgentleman wrote:
A and B have less than 6 diamonds each.What is the probability that the sum of diamonds they have is more than 3 but less than 7?

a) 3/5
b) 9/25
c) 4/9
d) 2/3
e) 3/2


Here should not the total number of possible ways in which A and B can have diamonds be 30? (0,0), (1,1)....(5,5) will be counted as one unlike (0,1) and (1,0).


They ARE counted as one. If you list all possibilities you'll be able to see that.
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