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Folks, with over 6 yrs of experience as a GMAT Mentor and Content Developer I hope I can make a difference in your GMAT preparation through this thread.As I manage similar threads in other forums you many find these questions on other websites as well of course you will find the same avatar in all those places

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Let's start...and here is the first question.

There are 1001 red marbles and 1001 black marbles in a box. LetPsbe the probability that two marbles drawn at random from the box are the same color, and letPdbe the probability that they are diﬀerent colors. Find|Ps − Pd|.

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23 Mar 2009, 03:28

This will be my first post here, sorry for my bad spelling (iam not a native english speaker).

First to support the chanse to have two red(r) marbles or two black(b) marbles (Ps).

P( (b*b) + (r*r) )

first marble P1(b) = 1001/2002 second marble p2(b) = 1000/2001 (1 less black marble and 1 less overall marbels) The same calculation for the red marbles.

((1001/2002)*(1000/2001)) = ((1/2)*(1000/2001)) = 1000/4002 (b*b) so: P( (1000/4002) + (1000/4002) ) = 2000/4002 (This makes Ps)

Now for Pd: The following combinations (r*b) and (b*r) P( (r*b) + (b*r) )

P( b*r ) = (1001/2002) * (1001/2001) = ((1/2)*(1001/2002))= 1001/4002 Again the same goes for r*b

P( (1001/4002) + (1001/4002) ) = 2002/4002 (this makes Pd)

Now to answer the question: |Ps - Pd|

(2000/4002) - (2002/4002) = (2/4002) = (1/2001)

So i think it would be answer C. Than again, its my first post so comments plz

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23 Mar 2009, 03:40

Sjorsl wrote:

This will be my first post here, sorry for my bad spelling (iam not a native english speaker).

First to support the chanse to have two red(r) marbles or two black(b) marbles (Ps).

P( (b*b) + (r*r) )

first marble P1(b) = 1001/2002 second marble p2(b) = 1000/2001 (1 less black marble and 1 less overall marbels) The same calculation for the red marbles.

((1001/2002)*(1000/2001)) = ((1/2)*(1000/2001)) = 1000/4002 (b*b) so: P( (1000/4002) + (1000/4002) ) = 2000/4002 (This makes Ps)

Now for Pd: The following combinations (r*b) and (b*r) P( (r*b) + (b*r) )

P( b*r ) = (1001/2002) * (1001/2001) = ((1/2)*(1001/2002))= 1001/4002 Again the same goes for r*b

P( (1001/4002) + (1001/4002) ) = 2002/4002 (this makes Pd)

Now to answer the question: |Ps - Pd|

(2000/4002) - (2002/4002) = (2/4002) = (1/2001)

So i think it would be answer C. Than again, its my first post so comments plz

Welcome dude...A very good attempt...Why don't you cut down the calculation part? Think of it....
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Since the number of black marbles = number of red marbles, we need not consider the first ball in the calculation.

So, the probability of getting different balls = probability of picking up the second ball from the lot other than from which the first ball is picked= \(\frac{1001}{2001}\)

Similarly the probability of getting same colored ball=probability of picking up the second ball from the same lot from which the first ball is picked =\(\frac{1000}{2001}\)

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Folks, sorry for the delay.(I was on a vacation)...

Here is the next one..... There are some boys and some girls. If each child sits on one chair, one boy will have no chair to sit. If two boys sit on one chair and one girl occupies one chair, then three chairs are unoccupied. How many boys are there? A. 4

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Folks, sorry for the delay.(I was on a vacation)...

Here is the next one..... There are some boys and some girls. If each child sits on one chair, one boy will have no chair to sit. If two boys sit on one chair and one girl occupies one chair, then three chairs are unoccupied. How many boys are there? A. 4

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cicerone wrote:

There are 1001 red marbles and 1001 black marbles in a box. LetPsbe the probability that two marbles drawn at random from the box are the same color, and letPdbe the probability that they are diﬀerent colors. Find|Ps − Pd|.

\((A) 0\)

\((B) \frac{1}{2002}\)

\((C) \frac{1}{2001}\)

\((D) \frac{2}{2001}\)

\((E) \frac{1}{1000}\)

I found the question ambigious. It would be out of ambiguity if it had made clear about how the balls are drawn. The question assumed that the repetition is not allowed but that was not clearly stipulated in the question.
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b+g-1-3 = b/2 + g b- b/2 = 4 b = 8

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cicerone wrote:

Folks, sorry for the delay.(I was on a vacation)...

Here is the next one..... There are some boys and some girls. If each child sits on one chair, one boy will have no chair to sit. If two boys sit on one chair and one girl occupies one chair, then three chairs are unoccupied. How many boys are there? A. 4

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sureshbala wrote:

Folks, sorry for the delay (I am on a vacation).

Anyway, here is the next one.....

There are some boys and some girls. If each child sits on one chair, one boy will have no chair to sit. If two boys sit on one chair and one girl occupies one chair, then three chairs are unoccupied. How many boys are there? A. 4

B. 6

C. 8

D. 10

E. Cannot be determined

Folks, this can be answered very quickly if you can conclude the following two results.

Result 1: Since the number of chairs occupied by the girls in both the cases is same there is no need to consider the number of girls.

Result 2: In the second case we are able to seat 2 boys per chair and no boy is left unseated, hence the number of boys must be even.

Let the number of boys be 2x.

Seats occupied in the first case = 2x-1

Seats occupied in the second case = x

Given that 2x-1-x = 3

So x = 4

Hence the number of boys 2x = 8. _________________

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