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If two different numbers are randomly selected from set { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5} what is the probability that the sum of the two numbers is greater than 4? OA ia My approach was
total outcomes 5 C 2 = 20
outcomes where sum > 4 are
1,4 1,5 = 2 2,3 2,4 2,5 = 3 3,2, 3,3 3,4 3,5 = 4
4 any of the 5 = 5 5 any of the 5 = 5
total 19
so P(>4) = 19/20
why is this wrong
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Originally posted by rxs0005 on 23 Jul 2010, 08:52.
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rxs0005 wrote: If two different numbers are randomly selected from set { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5} what is the probability that the sum of the two numbers is greater than 4?
OA ia 4/5
My approach was
total outcomes 5 C 2 = 20
outcomes where sum > 4 are
1,4 1,5 = 2 2,3 2,4 2,5 = 3 3,2, 3,3 3,4 3,5 = 4
4 any of the 5 = 5 5 any of the 5 = 5
total 19
so P(>4) = 19/20
why is this wrong Another approach: \(P(of \ event \ X)=1P(of \ opposite \ event \ X)\). Opposite event would be if we choose 2 different numbers so that their sum will be less or equal to 4. # of total outcomes is \(C^2_5=10\) (total # of choosing 2 different numbers from the set of 5 different numbers); # of outcomes when \(sum\leq{4}\) is (1,2) and (1,3), so 2. \(P=1\frac{2}{10}=\frac{4}{5}\). Answer: \(\frac{4}{5}\). P. S. In the future pleas post the answer choices too.
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23 Jul 2010, 09:15
rxs005, First problem is 5C2 = 10 .. Not 20..
Point 2, you sum should be greater than 4, so these are the following possibilities you have ({1,4},{1,5},{2,3},{2,4},{2,5},{3,4},{3,5},{4,5}) which leads to 8 pairs
So the probability is 8 on 10 or 4/5..



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you are right thanks! the key is "different" numbers in the Q i missed that
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sridhar wrote: rxs005, First problem is 5C2 = 10 .. Not 20..
Point 2, you sum should be greater than 4, so these are the following possibilities you have ({1,4},{1,5},{2,3},{2,4},{2,5},{3,4},{3,5},{4,5}) which leads to 8 pairs
So the probability is 8 on 10 or 4/5.. How is the pare 1,4 GREATER than 4, I would say it is equal to four and therefore the answer should be 7/10. Any argument ?



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arnijon90 wrote: sridhar wrote: rxs005, First problem is 5C2 = 10 .. Not 20..
Point 2, you sum should be greater than 4, so these are the following possibilities you have ({1,4},{1,5},{2,3},{2,4},{2,5},{3,4},{3,5},{4,5}) which leads to 8 pairs
So the probability is 8 on 10 or 4/5.. How is the pare 1,4 GREATER than 4, I would say it is equal to four and therefore the answer should be 7/10. Any argument ? Because: 1+4 = 5 and 5>4



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rxs0005 wrote: If two different numbers are randomly selected from set { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5} what is the probability that the sum of the two numbers is greater than 4? The number of ways to select 2 numbers from 5 is 5C2 = (5 x 4)/2! = 20/2 = 10. To find the number of sums that are greater than 4, we can find the number of sums that ARE NOT greater than 4 and subtract that from 10. 1, 2 1, 3 So there are 10  2 = 8 sums that are greater than 4. So the probability that the sum of the two numbers is greater than 4 is 8/10 = 4/5.
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Bunuel wrote: rxs0005 wrote: If two different numbers are randomly selected from set { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5} what is the probability that the sum of the two numbers is greater than 4?
OA ia 4/5
My approach was
total outcomes 5 C 2 = 20
outcomes where sum > 4 are
1,4 1,5 = 2 2,3 2,4 2,5 = 3 3,2, 3,3 3,4 3,5 = 4
4 any of the 5 = 5 5 any of the 5 = 5
total 19
so P(>4) = 19/20
why is this wrong Another approach: \(P(of \ event \ X)=1P(of \ opposite \ event \ X)\). Opposite event would be if we choose 2 different numbers so that their sum will be less or equal to 4. # of total outcomes is \(C^2_5=10\) (total # of choosing 2 different numbers from the set of 5 different numbers); # of outcomes when \(sum\leq{4}\) is (1,2) and (1,3), so 2. \(P=1\frac{2}{10}=\frac{4}{5}\). Answer: \(\frac{4}{5}\). P. S. In the future pleas post the answer choices too. how we can solve this question? what is different between above question and this question.What is the probability that the sum of two different numbers randomly picked (without replacement) from the set S = {1, 2, 3, 4} is 5? (A) 1/5 (B) 3/16 (C) 1/4 (D) 1/3 (E) 1/2



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VaibNop wrote: Bunuel wrote: rxs0005 wrote: If two different numbers are randomly selected from set { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5} what is the probability that the sum of the two numbers is greater than 4?
OA ia 4/5
My approach was
total outcomes 5 C 2 = 20
outcomes where sum > 4 are
1,4 1,5 = 2 2,3 2,4 2,5 = 3 3,2, 3,3 3,4 3,5 = 4
4 any of the 5 = 5 5 any of the 5 = 5
total 19
so P(>4) = 19/20
why is this wrong Another approach: \(P(of \ event \ X)=1P(of \ opposite \ event \ X)\). Opposite event would be if we choose 2 different numbers so that their sum will be less or equal to 4. # of total outcomes is \(C^2_5=10\) (total # of choosing 2 different numbers from the set of 5 different numbers); # of outcomes when \(sum\leq{4}\) is (1,2) and (1,3), so 2. \(P=1\frac{2}{10}=\frac{4}{5}\). Answer: \(\frac{4}{5}\). P. S. In the future pleas post the answer choices too. how we can solve this question? what is different between above question and this question.What is the probability that the sum of two different numbers randomly picked (without replacement) from the set S = {1, 2, 3, 4} is 5? (A) 1/5 (B) 3/16 (C) 1/4 (D) 1/3 (E) 1/2 The number of pairs of numbers from four numbers is 4C2 = 6: (1, 2) (1, 3) (1, 4)(2, 3)(2, 4) (3, 4) The number of pairs of numbers which add up to 5 is two: (1, 4)(2, 3)The probability = fovorable/total = 2/6 = 1/3. Answer: D.
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