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# If x is to be chosen at random from the set {1, 2, 3, 4} and y is to

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Re: If x is to be chosen at random from the set {1, 2, 3, 4} and y is to [#permalink]
Bunuel wrote:
zoezhuyan wrote:
If x is to be chosen at random from the set {1, 2, 3, 4} and y is to be chosen at random from the set {5, 6, 7}, what is the probability that xy will be even?

(A) 1/6
(B) 1/3
(C) 1/2
(D) 2/3
(E) 5/6

hi @Bunue thanks for your help
I have no idea where is wrong about my approach
if x=even, y=any number, then there are 1C2*1C3 = 6 pairs
if y=even, x=any number , then there are 1C4 = 4 pairs
so total 10 pairs.

there are total 1C4*1C3 pairs if pick up x, y randomly

so the possibility = 10 pairs / 12 pairs = 5/6 = E

thanks a lot

The number of pairs with an even number from {1, 2, 3, 4} and any number from {5, 6, 7} is 2*3 = 6:
(2, 5)
(2, 6)
(2, 7)
(4, 5)
(4, 6)
(4, 7)

The number of pairs with any number from {1, 2, 3, 4} and an even number from {5, 6, 7} is 4*1 = 4:
(1, 6)
(2, 6)
(3, 6)
(4, 6)

From 6 + 4 = 10, we should subtract the overlap when picking an even number from both sets, which is 2*1 = 2 pairs ((2, 6) and (4, 6)). Therefore, the number of pairs giving an even product is 10 - 2 = 8:
(2, 5)
(2, 6)
(2, 7)
(4, 5)
(4, 6)
(4, 7)
(1, 6)
(3, 6)

The total number of pairs is 4*3 = 12.

Therefore, the probability that xy will be even is 8/12 = 2/3.

I hope this explanation has clarified the matter.

opps, got it,

thanks . I neglected the overlap.
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How would this question be solved with Combinatorics?
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