24.2 Probability of independent events

Probability of independent events

Probability is everywhere in our daily life. Do you know your chances of winning a specific prize in a spinning wheel prize draw? How about the odd to get the same prize two times in a row? By applying the concept of probability of independent events, we can easily answer these questions.

Lessons

  • 2.
    A spinner divided in 4 equal sections is spun. Each section of the spinner is labeled 1, 2, 3, and 4. A marble is also drawn from a bag containing 5 marbles: one green, one red, one blue, one black, and one white. Find the probability of:
  • 3.
    A coin is flipped, a standard six-sided die is rolled; and a spinner with 4 equal sections in different colours is spun (red, green, blue, yellow). What is the probability of:
  • 4.
    A toy vending machine sells 5 types of toys including dolls, cars, bouncy balls, stickers, and trains. The vending machine has the same number of each type of toys, and sells the toys randomly. Don uses a five-region spinner to simulate the situation. The results are shown in the tall chart below:

    Doll

    Car

    Bouncy Ball

    Sticker

    Train

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