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Homework Help: Dice probability problem

  1. Apr 15, 2010 #1
    Draw a table for throwing two dice (one red one blue). Find the probability.

    1. That the sum is divisible by seven
    2. The sum has factors whose sum is even
    3. The sum is a composite number.

    My solutions:

    1. 1/6
    2. 7/11
    3. 7/12

    Work is attached:
    Any advice would be great. Thanks in advanced.

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  3. Apr 15, 2010 #2


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    Re: Probability

    I believe #1 and #3 are correct. Still trying to get my head around #2, but you are probably correct.
  4. Apr 15, 2010 #3
    Re: Probability

    Yes, 2 was tricky, it's the factors of the sum that are only even. But would I consider all 36 sums or only the 12 (2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12) hmmm
  5. Apr 15, 2010 #4
    Re: Probability

    You need to consider all the 36 possible rolls, right? If I asked you, "what's the probability that a roll will come up 7?", you wouldn't answer 1/11, you'd answer 1/6 (I hope!). But I could phrase that question in many different ways: "What's the probability that the number on the bottom of one die is equal to the number on top of the other? What's the probability that you will roll the fourth prime number?", etc..

    But no way of phrasing the question changes the fact that they want the *probability* that the condition will be fulfilled, which has to be weighted by how frequently the dice fall on the various numbers.
  6. Apr 15, 2010 #5


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    Re: Probability

    Take a look at the sum of 10. You have listed the factors 1,2,5,10. I would call those the divisors of 10. Had I been asked to factor 10 into prime factors I would have written 10 = 2*5. So the first thing to do is to be sure to know what interpretation of the question is intended.

    Once you have determined which sums qualify for what you are looking for you can use the pdf of X = the sum of the dice to add P(X = k) for the qualifying values of k.
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