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# From the even numbers between 1 and 9, two different numbers are to be

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From the even numbers between 1 and 9, two different numbers are to be chosen at random. What is the probability that their sum will be 8 ?

A. 1/6
B. 3/16
C. 1/4
D. 1/3
E. 1/2

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10 May 2018, 03:31

Solution

Given:
• From the even numbers between 1 and 9, two different numbers are chosen at random

To find:
• What is the probability that their sum will be 8

Approach and Working:
• Between 1 and 9, the even numbers are 2, 4, 6, and 8
o The only way sum of two different numbers among them is equal to 8 can be 2 + 6 or 6 + 2

• The first number out of 2 and 6 can be selected in $$\frac{1}{2}$$ ways
o Once the first number is chosen, we need to choose the 2nd number either from (2, 4, 8 – when the 1st chosen number is 6) or from (4, 6, 8 – when then 1st chosen number is 2).

o Therefore, this choice can be made in $$\frac{1}{3}$$ ways

• Hence, the required probability = $$\frac{1}{2} * \frac{1}{3} = \frac{1}{6}$$

Hence, the correct answer is option A.

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10 May 2018, 04:05
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Total cases- 9c2 = 36

Favorable cases- (1,7 2,6 3,5) x 2 (for reverse order)

= 6/36

=1/6

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Even numbers between 1 and 9 = 2, 4, 6 & 8.

Total number of ways two numbers can be chosen = 4C2 = 6.

Out of these combinations, only one has the sum = 8 ( 2,6).

Therefore, probability = 1/6. Hence, A.
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10 May 2018, 17:17
Bunuel wrote:
From the even numbers between 1 and 9, two different numbers are to be chosen at random. What is the probability that their sum will be 8 ?

A. 1/6
B. 3/16
C. 1/4
D. 1/3
E. 1/2

of six total possibilities: 2,4; 2,6; 2,8; 4,6; 4,8; 6,8
only one-2,6-sums to 8
1/6
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13 May 2018, 16:54
Bunuel wrote:
From the even numbers between 1 and 9, two different numbers are to be chosen at random. What is the probability that their sum will be 8 ?

A. 1/6
B. 3/16
C. 1/4
D. 1/3
E. 1/2

The even numbers between 1 and 9 are 2, 4, 6 and 8. So there are 4 even numbers, and we want to choose two of them. The number of ways to do that is 4C2 = (4 x 3)/2 = 6.

The only way to get a sum of 8 from two different numbers is by picking 2 and 6.

We see that the number of favorable outcomes is 1 and the total number of outcomes is 6. Thus, the probability is 1/6.

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