







A dice game 
20190317 

From Remo: So, little game my kid came up with.
Dice are standard d6.
I roll a die, he rolls a die. If he gets the same number as me OR a bigger number he wins.
So far so good. Used the opportunity to get him to calculate the probabilities of him winning, see if I could get him interested into looking at this game from a more academic perspective. He did fine.
Then we upped the ante.
He rolls one die, I roll two dice. I his die has a number that is equal or greater than both of mine, he wins.
We had a bit of trouble solving that one, and had to resort to a table with all the results ( 6x36) to figure out where we stood.
Then again we upped.
He rolls two dice, I roll two dice.
If any one of his dice has a number equal to or greater than both of mine he wins. I only win if one of my dice is greater than both of his.
And we got stuck. Figured I would need to find a formula to resolve this one, as our earlier solution ( table everything ) suddenly is 36x36, giving well over a thousand possible results. And if we ever go bigger than that then we *really* are going to need another way to calculate it. Answered by Harley Weston. 





A 13 game bet 
20160228 

From farah: I'm trying to calculate the odds of a 13 game bet. Each game has 2 teams with 3 possible outcomes (win,draw,lose).
What are the odds. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Probability, counting and cards 
20100115 

From Julie: Hello,
 Select a card from the deck(card deck of 52 cards). Place the card back in the deck. What is the probability that both cards will be black? Is it 25/104, 24%?
 Select a card from the deck. Do not replace the card. Select another card. What is the probability that a red and a face card are the two cards you selected? Is it 2/221, .9%?
 Remove the red cards from the deck and assume that the remaining cards have been shuffled: select a card from the remaining deck. Place the card back in the deck. Select another card. What is the probability that both cards will be black? Is it 26/26 x 26/26= 1 x 1 = 1 , 100%?
Select a card from the remaining deck. Do not replace the card. Select another card. What is the probability that a red 3 and a face card are the 2 cards you selected? Is it 0/26 x 6/26 = 0, 0%?
 Seperate 12 face cards from the rest of the deck. Assume that the face cards have been shsuffled. Select 3 cards from the pile of face cards. How many different arrangements can be made by selecting 1 of each card (jack, king, queen) from the pile? is it 1/4 x 1/4 x 1/4 x 1/4 = 1/64?
 How many different ways are there of selecting the queen of clubs, then the king of diamonds, and then the jack of hearts from the pile? Is it 1/12 x 1/12 x 1/12 = 1/1728?
Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Probability 
20090927 

From Ed: My mother died 3 years to the day after her daughter died. what are the odds of that happening by chance? thanks Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Blood type probabilities 
20071201 

From Noelle: Question from Noelle, a student:
Blood Type % Population
O+ 37.4%
O 6.6%
A+ 35.8%
A 6.3%
B+ 8.5%
B 1.5%
AB+ 3.4%
AB .6%
I need to make another table showing the probablility of meeting someone in each of the eight blood groups. I'm not sure how to find the probability with percentages. Thanks for your help. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A normal distribution problem 
20070927 

From m.j.: Car Loan Rates The national average for a new car loan was 8.28%. If the rate is normally distributed with a standard deviation of 3.5%, find these probabilities.
a. One can receive a rate less than 9%.
b. One can receive a rate less than 8%. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Combining probabilities 
20070820 

From Arul: Xavier, Yvonne, and Zelda each try independently to solve a problem. If their individual probabilities for success are 1/4, 1/2 , and 5/8 , respectively, what is the probability that Xavier and Yvonne, but not Zelda, will solve the problem ? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Probabilities in poker 
20041104 

From Ben: Please can someone tell me the odds of getting a royal flush while playing texas hold em.
Please can you also let us know the odds of a royal flush while playing texas hold em if you must be dealt two of the needed cards. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Undercapatalized small businesses 
20040626 

From Greg: Suppose that 30% of all small businesses are undercapitalized. 40% of all
undercapitalized small businesses fail and 20% of all small businesses that
are not undercapitalized fail. A small business is chosen at random. The
probability that the small business succeeds if it is undercapitalized is? Greg
Answered by Penny Nom. 





A binomial probability 
20030430 

From Erica: In a biathlon, athletes shot at 20 targets. A particular athlete had a probability of 0.18 of missing a target. Assuming a binomial distribution, what is the probability, to the nearest thousandth, that the athlete hit exactly 16 targets? Answered by Andrei Volodin. 





Binomial probabilities 
20011008 

From Amna: I had a few binomial probability questions which I can not use from the tables as instructed:  If 60 % of television viewers are watching a certain program, what is the probability tha tmore than half of those selected in a random sample of five will be watching the specified program?
 If it is known according to Mendel's Law, that we can expect in teh long run to have 3 white, 1 brown rabbits in every 4 rabbits of a certain type, what is the probability that 2 in a litter of 3 will be white?
 On the average, 2% of the items sold in a department store are returned for refunds. what is the probability that of its next five items sold, at most two will be returned for refunds?
Answered by Leeanne Boehm. 





Probabilities and dice. 
20010504 

From Carmen: Hi! My name is Carmen! I am a member of a grade 5 class in Edmonton, AB. We were talking about probability in math, and I was wanted to know what the probability (odds) of rolling two sixes would be rolling two dice? If it is not to diffucult could you tell me what the probability (odds) of rolling any number with two dice were? Answered by Andrei Volodin and Penny Nom. 





Winning percentages 
20010221 

From Mike: TEAM A WINS 55% OF GAMES PLAYED TEAM B WINS 40% OF GAMES PLAYED AGAINST THE SAME OPPONENTS WHAT WINNING PERCENTAGE SHOULD BE EXPECTED WHEN TEAM A PLAYS TEAM B (NEUTRAL SITE)? Answered by Harley Weston. 





False Positives 
20001029 

From James: A rare disease infected 1 in 1000 people in the population. A test for the disease is accurate 99% of the time when given to an infected person and also when given to a heathy person.  Fill out a twotier tree diagram and find the probability of the false positive(i.e the conditional probabily of being healty even when tested postive by the test) Comment on the result?
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Answered by Penny Nom. 

