I've never had a basic probability course before, so I've only been able to get my hands on a few materials relating to the subject.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

So lets say there are 5 coin tosses. The probability of getting heads 5 times in a row is .5^5, or 1/32.

But since coin tosses are independent of each other, each time the coin is tossed, there's an equal chance of it being heads, as it is tails. So shouldn't the probability always be .5? Doesn't 5 heads in a row, have the same probability of heads, tails, heads ,tails, heads?

What piece of the puzzle aren't I getting :/

Edit: There are 32 different possible outcomes, hence 1/32. I get that because it's independent it's either heads or tails, and not due up. So I guess the question is how they relate.

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**

Join Physics Forums Today!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

# What don't I get about coin tossing?

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**