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What is the probability of getting no double "4" by rolling two dices?
Which solution is correct:
p(no 4) * p(no 4)
5/6 * 5/6 = 25/36
or
p(no double 4) = 1  p(double 4)
1  1/6 * 1/6 = 35/36
Please help.



SVP
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Second is right. The first one means no single 4 is allowed.



Director
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The answer to this will be 5/6 * 5/6 = 25 / 36
that is because they are independent events and in the first roll you want all the numbers execpt 4 so the P of occuring is 5/6
1/6 < 5/6 and the chances of 4 not occuring is more than 4 occuring
hope this helps



SVP
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Was I wrong in understanding your question? I thought "no double 4" means you could have a four, as long as you don't get 4 for both rolls.



Director
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no double 4 means no no 4 AND 4 on the 2 die in a single roll



SVP
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In other words you could have a 4 and a 5 in a two dice roll, for example. Your answer is still incorrect then.



Director
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Then answer is 35/36.
25/36 is the case when you obtain a 4+X or X+4



SVP
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Think about it this way. There are 36 different outcomes for a two dice roll. Only one outcome is excluded (the double four). The probability is 35/36.



Director
Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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Ops!! I had a 'brain fart' on this one.
35/36 is correct. My bad



Manager
Joined: 25 Oct 2004
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Good question ..............
Twixt could you explain what you mean by 4+x and X +4



VP
Joined: 18 Nov 2004
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35/36 is correct.
1. 1st four and other not and vice versa = 2 * 5/36 = 10/36
2. No fours atall = 5/6*5/6 = 25/36
Total 35/36










