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# A fair, six-sided die is to be rolled 3 times. What is the probability

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A fair, six-sided die is to be rolled 3 times. What is the probability that the die will land on a prime number each time?

A 0.125
B 0.25
C 0.5
D 0.75
E 0.9

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18 Jan 2019, 06:31
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A fair, six-sided die is to be rolled 3 times. What is the probability that the die will land on a prime number each time?

A 0.125
B 0.25
C 0.5
D 0.75
E 0.9

total P of prime ( 2,3,5)
is 3*3*3 - 27
6*6*6 = 216
27/216 = .125
IMO A
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A fair, six-sided die is to be rolled 3 times. What is the probability that the die will land on a prime number each time?

A 0.125
B 0.25
C 0.5
D 0.75
E 0.9

Probability = Favorable Outcomes / Total outcomes

Total outcomes = $$6^3$$, Since a dice has 6 sides

Favorable outcomes = $$3^3$$, Since each dice will have 3 prime numbers 2,3 and 5

Probability = 3^3 / 6^3
= 1/8
=0.125

Answer A
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18 Jan 2019, 06:55
Bunuel wrote:
A fair, six-sided die is to be rolled 3 times. What is the probability that the die will land on a prime number each time?

A 0.125
B 0.25
C 0.5
D 0.75
E 0.9

I concluded that the answer was A because there are 3 prime numbers on a 6-sided die (2,3,5), which makes the probability of rolling a prime number 1/2. The probability of rolling a prime numbers on 3 consecutive rolls is 1/2*1/2*1/2=1/8 or .125.

However, I was a bit skeptical of my answer due to the wording "will land on a prime number each time?" The phrase "each time" lead me to believe the question may be asking for the individual probability of each roll, which would lead the reader to conclude the answer to be C. Can anyone provide further clarity?
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18 Jan 2019, 07:00
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Bunuel wrote:
A fair, six-sided die is to be rolled 3 times. What is the probability that the die will land on a prime number each time?

A 0.125
B 0.25
C 0.5
D 0.75
E 0.9

I concluded that the answer was A because there are 3 prime numbers on a 6-sided die (2,3,5), which makes the probability of rolling a prime number 1/2. The probability of rolling a prime numbers on 3 consecutive rolls is 1/2*1/2*1/2=1/8 or .125.

However, I was a bit skeptical of my answer due to the wording "will land on a prime number each time?" The phrase "each time" lead me to believe the question may be asking for the individual probability of each roll, which would lead the reader to conclude the answer to be C. Can anyone provide further clarity?

IMO, in the question it has mentioned the player will throw the die 3 times, automatically the sample space from 6 became 216.

If it would have not mentioned 3 times, then we could have concluded the answer as 1/2 which is 3/6( 3 prime numbers out of 6 total numbers)

Let me know if this helps in some way.
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18 Jan 2019, 07:12
nch2024 wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
A fair, six-sided die is to be rolled 3 times. What is the probability that the die will land on a prime number each time?

A 0.125
B 0.25
C 0.5
D 0.75
E 0.9

I concluded that the answer was A because there are 3 prime numbers on a 6-sided die (2,3,5), which makes the probability of rolling a prime number 1/2. The probability of rolling a prime numbers on 3 consecutive rolls is 1/2*1/2*1/2=1/8 or .125.

However, I was a bit skeptical of my answer due to the wording "will land on a prime number each time?" The phrase "each time" lead me to believe the question may be asking for the individual probability of each roll, which would lead the reader to conclude the answer to be C. Can anyone provide further clarity?

IMO, in the question it has mentioned the player will throw the die 3 times, automatically the sample space from 6 became 216.

If it would have not mentioned 3 times, then we could have concluded the answer as 1/2 which is 3/6( 3 prime numbers out of 6 total numbers)

Let me know if this helps in some way.[/quote]

Yes, that helps! As you mentioned, I believe the mention of 3 dice rolls allows us to conclude that we are searching for the probability of prime number on EACH OF THE 3 ROLLS.
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