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Ch 41: Finding Probability

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Let out experienced instructors teach you about finding probabilities. With these video lessons and quizzes, you'll learn about and gain practice in using various methods to calculate probabilities.

Finding Probability - Chapter Summary

By watching the video lessons in this chapter, you'll learn to see events as subsets of a sample space. The use of the concepts and principles of probability is covered, and you'll learn how to describe the outcomes of simple and compound events and use tables to determine if events are independent.

Several lessons cover calculating probabilities using the axioms of probability as well as related theorems and concepts, such as the addition rule, the multiplication rule, conditional probability and independence. You'll learn to use combinations and permutations to solve many types of probability problems. By the end of this chapter, you'll have an understanding of topics that include:

  • Probability of simple, compound, complementary, independent and dependent events
  • The 'at least one' rule and how it relates to the probability of independent events
  • How to calculate simple conditional probabilities
  • How to apply the concepts of conditional probability and independence to real life situations
  • Probability and the addition and multiplication rules
  • Math combinations
  • How to calculate permutations and the probability of permutations

Expert instructors will lead you through these video lessons, sometimes using real life examples to explain the topics. Practice lessons will give you a chance to gauge what you've learned, and you can also test your knowledge with the multiple-choice questions at the end of each video lesson. These questions include links back to the video, making it simple to review key points and passages. The lessons also contain written transcripts, with links to the videos.

13 Lessons in Chapter 41: Finding Probability
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Mathematical Sets: Elements, Intersections & Unions

1. Mathematical Sets: Elements, Intersections & Unions

Today we're going to explore mathematical sets, which are surprisingly simple! Sets are just collections of any objects or concepts, also known as elements, that can be related to each other through union or intersection.

Events as Subsets of a Sample Space: Definition & Example

2. Events as Subsets of a Sample Space: Definition & Example

Probability can get very confusing at times. You will find that some words, such as events and subsets, are often referring to the same concept depending on the experiment. Use this lesson to understand the concept of events as subsets.

Probability of Simple, Compound and Complementary Events

3. Probability of Simple, Compound and Complementary Events

Simple, compound, and complementary events are different types of probabilities. Each of these probabilities are calculated in a slightly different fashion. In this lesson, we will look at some real world examples of these different forms of probability.

Probability of Independent and Dependent Events

4. 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.

Probability of Independent Events: The 'At Least One' Rule

5. Probability of Independent Events: The 'At Least One' Rule

Occasionally when calculating independent events, it is only important that the event happens once. This is referred to as the 'At Least One' Rule. To calculate this type of problem, we will use the process of complementary events to find the probability of our event occurring at least once.

How to Calculate Simple Conditional Probabilities

6. How to Calculate Simple Conditional Probabilities

Conditional probability, just like it sounds, is a probability that happens on the condition of a previous event occurring. To calculate conditional probabilities, we must first consider the effects of the previous event on the current event.

The Relationship Between Conditional Probabilities & Independence

7. The Relationship Between Conditional Probabilities & Independence

Conditional and independent probabilities are a basic part of learning statistics. It's important that you can understand the similarities and differences between the two as discussed in this lesson.

Using Two-Way Tables to Evaluate Independence

8. Using Two-Way Tables to Evaluate Independence

If you are a visual person, a 2-way table is a great way to analyze information. This lesson shows you how to use a 2-way table to determine the independence of variables.

Applying Conditional Probability & Independence to Real Life Situations

9. Applying Conditional Probability & Independence to Real Life Situations

It can be really confusing learning how to apply conditional and independent probability to real-life situations. This lesson focuses on several examples and practice problems to help you learn how to find conditional probability.

The Addition Rule of Probability: Definition & Examples

10. The Addition Rule of Probability: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn the differences between mutually exclusive and non-mutually exclusive events and how to find the probabilities of each using the Addition Rule of Probability.

The Multiplication Rule of Probability: Definition & Examples

11. 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

12. 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.

How to Calculate the Probability of Permutations

13. How to Calculate the Probability of Permutations

In this lesson, you will learn how to calculate the probability of a permutation by analyzing a real-world example in which the order of the events does matter. We'll also review what a factorial is. We will then go over some examples for practice.

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