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Probability - rolling 2 dice

  1. Feb 22, 2012 #1
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    Two dice are rolled. What is the probability that at least one is six? If two faces are different, what is the probability that at least one is six?


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    I have no clue. Although the first one shouldn't be that hard, but it's "at least", so I don't really know. 1-P(0), I guess, but I'm not sure how to get P(0).
     
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  3. Feb 22, 2012 #2

    jbunniii

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    What is the complement of the event "at least one is six"?
     
  4. Feb 22, 2012 #3
    0 six
     
  5. Feb 22, 2012 #4

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    OK, so what's the probability of rolling two dice and getting no sixes?

    If you're not sure about this, how about first answering the simpler question: what is the probability of rolling one die and getting no six?
     
  6. Feb 22, 2012 #5

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    Not that I recommend this but this problem is simple enough that you could solve it using brute force by writing all combos out. i.e. There are exactly 36 possible combinations of 2 dice. How many of those combinations contain at least one six?

    Then, you can go back and generalize the principle that lead you to that answer.
     
  7. Feb 22, 2012 #6
    Alright. Thank you. I got it now.
     
  8. Feb 22, 2012 #7

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    So, now that you know the principle, can you apply it? If you had 3 six sided dice, could you say the odds that at least one six turns up?
     
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