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Ch 48: Basic Probability

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Improve your understanding of basic probability with this chapter that includes the use of Venn diagrams, how to calculate a permutation, and much more. These short lessons are a helpful tool for students preparing for an exam or catching up on missed class time.

Basic Probability - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter provide an overview of basic probability. You can review the fundamental counting principle, set theory and the multiplication rule of probability. You can also gain an understanding of events that are mutually exclusive and those that are non-mutually exclusive. After completing the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Use a formula to determine probability
  • Explain how to find the probability of independent events
  • Define experimental probability
  • Discuss the probability of compound events
  • Explain how a Venn diagram works
  • Recall an example of the multiplication rule
  • Describe how to calculate a permutation
  • Provide an example of a math combination

These lessons help you quickly grasp the topics presented on basic probability, and our instructors facilitate an engaging learning experience. You can review all the lessons in order, or just focus on the lessons that cover the topics you need to review. A short quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge.

10 Lessons in Chapter 48: Basic Probability
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Introduction to Probability: Formula & Examples

1. Introduction to Probability: Formula & Examples

Ever taken a chance on something? Before you took that chance, did you want to know what your chances were on actually winning? Then you were dealing with probability, the likelihood that a specific event will occur.

Probability of Independent and Dependent Events

2. Probability of Independent and Dependent Events

Sometimes probabilities need to be calculated when more than one event occurs. These types of compound events are called independent and dependent events. Through this lesson, we will look at some real-world examples of how to calculate these probabilities.

Experimental Probability: Definition & Predictions

3. Experimental Probability: Definition & Predictions

In this lesson, you're going to learn about the concept of experimental probability and apply it to coins, dice, a deck of cards, and even real world scenarios.

Probability of Compound Events: Definition & Examples

4. Probability of Compound Events: Definition & Examples

Determining the probability of compound events involves finding the probability of each event and then determining how to combine them. This lesson will give you the tools to find the probability and finish with a quiz to cement your knowledge.

Mutually Exclusive Events & Non-Mutually Exclusive Events

5. Mutually Exclusive Events & Non-Mutually Exclusive Events

In this lesson, we look at the ideas of mutually exclusive and non-mutually exclusive events. As we will learn, just because two events are non-mutually exclusive events are possible, that doesn't make them likely.

Set Theory, Venn Diagrams & Exclusive Events

6. Set Theory, Venn Diagrams & Exclusive Events

In this lesson, we're going to go over the concepts of sets and Venn diagrams, as well mutually exclusive and non-mutually exclusive events in terms of how they all tie in together.

Fundamental Counting Principle: Definition & Examples

7. Fundamental Counting Principle: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about the fundamental counting principle, a method for determining how many ways choices can be made from groups. Several examples will be given.

The Multiplication Rule of Probability: Definition & Examples

8. The Multiplication Rule of Probability: Definition & Examples

The Multiplication Rule of Probability is a concept you will use frequently when solving probability equations. In this lesson, learn the two different scenarios in which you will use the multiplication rule of probability.

How to Calculate a Permutation

9. How to Calculate a Permutation

A permutation is a method used to calculate the total outcomes of a situation where order is important. In this lesson, John will use permutations to help him organize the cards in his poker hand and order a pizza.

Math Combinations: Formula and Example Problems

10. Math Combinations: Formula and Example Problems

Combinations are an arrangement of objects where order does not matter. In this lesson, the coach of the Wildcats basketball team uses combinations to help his team prepare for the upcoming season.

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