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Re: Two coins are tossed with probability landing at Head not [#permalink]

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24 Nov 2012, 12:19

I got it right but i'm not sure if my guess was right. As i looked at it, in (1) we can know what the odds of getting heads/tails are. in (2) we could not know what the odds are for each one, only for both combined, that's why (2) doesn't help at all.... did I get it right?

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26 Nov 2012, 07:35

ronr34 wrote:

I got it right but i'm not sure if my guess was right. As i looked at it, in (1) we can know what the odds of getting heads/tails are. in (2) we could not know what the odds are for each one, only for both combined, that's why (2) doesn't help at all.... did I get it right?

Yes, that is correct!
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25 May 2014, 11:11

(1) Suppose we have a coin with 3 Head faces and 1 Tail face, a special biased coin.

Therefore probability of getting head in two tosses = 3/4*3/4= 9/16.

Therefore 1 is sufficient.
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04 Jun 2014, 05:39

aeros232 wrote:

ronr34 wrote:

I got it right but i'm not sure if my guess was right. As i looked at it, in (1) we can know what the odds of getting heads/tails are. in (2) we could not know what the odds are for each one, only for both combined, that's why (2) doesn't help at all.... did I get it right?

Yes, that is correct!

Hi,

Could you please explain the second statement a bit more clearly ? I mean why 2 is not sufficient?

I got it right but i'm not sure if my guess was right. As i looked at it, in (1) we can know what the odds of getting heads/tails are. in (2) we could not know what the odds are for each one, only for both combined, that's why (2) doesn't help at all.... did I get it right?

Yes, that is correct!

Hi,

Could you please explain the second statement a bit more clearly ? I mean why 2 is not sufficient?

Thanx in advance.

Two coins are tossed with probability landing at Head not equal to 0.5. What is the probability of getting two Heads out of two tosses?

Say the probability of heads is p and the probability of tails is 1-p.

(1) The probability of getting head is 3 times that of getting tails --> p=3(1-p) --> p=3/4 --> the probability of getting two Heads out of two tosses = 3/4*3/4. Sufficient.

(2) Tossed two times, the probability of getting one Head and one Tail is 2/9 --> P(HT)=2*p(1-p)=2/9 (we multiply by to because one Head and one Tail can occur in two ways HT and TH). We get two value for p. Not sufficient.

Answer: A.

P.S. This is a poor quality question, since the values of p differ from (1) and (2), while on the GMAT, two data sufficiency statements always provide TRUE information and these statements never contradict each other or the stem.
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