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New post 13 Nov 2008, 03:45
x^2 - (by)^2 = (x-by)(x+by)

The probability P1 to get (x-by) = 1/4 as only x-y satisfies
Once taking x-y out of the list, the probability P2 to get x + by is 2 out of 3 (x+y and x+5y)

P = P1 * P2 = 1/4 * 2/3 = 1/6

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New post 13 Nov 2008, 07:22
to satisfy the condition x^2-y^2 we need to have this form (x-y)(x+y)

so... two expressions are in the form (x-y) and two (x+y)

so 2*2/4*3*2*1=4/24=1/6

this is a tricky one...
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New post 13 Nov 2008, 12:25
pretty straight forward

to get product of the nature of x^2 - (by)^2 we need to pick both (x+y) and (x-y) from a total of 4 expressions

probability= 2/4*1/3=1/6

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New post 13 Nov 2008, 20:13
1/4C2 = 1/6 ( 1 for choosing x+y, x-y)

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