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 Chikis July 12th, 2012 09:46 PM

The probability that: two are white and one is blue.

A box contains identical balls of which 12 are red, 16 white and 8 blue. Three balls are drawn from the box one after the other without replacement. Find the probability that: two are white and one is blue.
Please I need working and explaination.

 MarkFL July 12th, 2012 10:04 PM

Re: The probability that: two are white and one is blue.

In the numerator, we will have the product and in the denominator . There are 3 distinct ways to order the balls, hence:

 Chikis July 13th, 2012 02:17 AM

Re: The probability that: two are white and one is blue.

Yes you are right. That is the answer. Just give me a clue on how you know the number of orders, for example, this one is in this order P(wwb) + P(bww) + P(wbw) i.e 3 orders.
How do you know the one that should be in two, three or six orders?

 MarkFL July 13th, 2012 09:06 AM

Re: The probability that: two are white and one is blue.

The way I looked at it, there are three positions the one blue ball may occupy.

 Chikis July 13th, 2012 10:42 AM

Re: The probability that: two are white and one is blue.

Alright! Thank you for the help.

 soroban July 13th, 2012 01:53 PM

Re: The probability that: two are white and one is blue.

Hello, Chikis!

Another approach . . .

Quote:
 A box contains identical balls of which 12 are red, 16 white and 8 blue. Three balls are drawn from the box one after the other without replacement. Find the probability that: two are white and one is blue.

 M4mathematics July 25th, 2012 03:41 AM

Re: The probability that: two are white and one is blue.

A box contains identical balls of which 12 are red, 16 white and 8 blue. Three balls are drawn from the box one after the other without replacement. Find the probability that: two are white and one is blue.

possible combination WWB + WBW + BWW
= 16/36 * 15/35 * 8/34 + 16/36 * 8/35 * 15/34 + 8/36 * 16/35 * 15/34
= 16/119

 Denis July 25th, 2012 07:45 PM

Re: The probability that: two are white and one is blue.

Ahhh....I see...you're doing this to SNEAK IN your advertizing :shock:

 MarkFL July 25th, 2012 07:52 PM

Re: The probability that: two are white and one is blue.

Quote:
 Originally Posted by M4mathematics A box...
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 M4mathematics July 25th, 2012 08:32 PM

Re: The probability that: two are white and one is blue.

thanks, i remember next time.........

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