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Emily keeps 12 different pairs of shoes (24 individual shoes in total)

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Emily keeps 12 different pairs of shoes (24 individual shoes in total) under her bed. If her dog drags out two shoes at random, what is the probability that he drags out a matching pair of shoes?

A. 1/144
B. 1/66
C. 1/23
D. 1/12
E. 1/11

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Emily keeps 12 different pairs of shoes (24 individual shoes in total) under her bed. If her dog drags out two shoes at random, what is the probability that he drags out a matching pair of shoes?

A. 1/144
B. 1/66
C. 1/23
D. 1/12
E. 1/11


No of ways selecting the 1st shoe = 24
No of ways selecting the 1st & 2nd shoe= 24 *23
No of ways selecting the 2nd shoe which is the exact pair of the 1st = 1
No of ways selecting selecting the 1st shoe & the 2nd shoe which is the exact pair of the 1st= 24*1
Hence P = 24*1 /24*23 = 1/23 ....... Ans C
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Probability of the first one don't not matter, so we should consider what is the probability of the second one be the pair of the first one.

1/23

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Bunuel wrote:
Emily keeps 12 different pairs of shoes (24 individual shoes in total) under her bed. If her dog drags out two shoes at random, what is the probability that he drags out a matching pair of shoes?

A. 1/144
B. 1/66
C. 1/23
D. 1/12
E. 1/11



Hi,

My approach-

Probability of selecting a particular shoe from the 12 different pair=2/24
Now probability of selecting the matching shoe to the shoe already dragged= 1/23(remember one shoe is already out)

Therefore combined probability of one matching pair of shoe= 1/24* 1/23

Now, there are 12 different pair of shoe so your probability will shoot up 12 times-

2/24 *1/23 *12=1/23.

Bunuel is it correct?
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Bunuel wrote:
Emily keeps 12 different pairs of shoes (24 individual shoes in total) under her bed. If her dog drags out two shoes at random, what is the probability that he drags out a matching pair of shoes?

A. 1/144
B. 1/66
C. 1/23
D. 1/12
E. 1/11



The first shoe can be any shoe, so its probability is 24/24 = 1. However, since the second shoe must match the first shoe, its probability of being chosen is 1/23. Therefore, the probability of the two shoes forming a matching pair is 1 x 1/23 = 1/23.

Answer: C
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