Posted by joe on .
this is a probability question...
Suppose you are asked to choose a whole number between 1 and 13 inclusive.
(a) what is the probability that it is odd?...7/13
(b) What is the probability that it is even?...6/13
(c) what is the probability that it is a multiple of 3?...4/13
(d) what i the probability that it is odd or a multiple of 3?.. This is where i am stumped. the book says the answer is 9/13 but i cant find it.

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Reiny,
the first 3 are correct
for d)
the odds are 1,3,5,7,9,11,13
multiples of 3 are 3,6,9,12
now the numbers which are either odd OR a multiple of 3 are 1,3,5,6,7,9,11,12,13
or nine of them
so prob = 9/13
There is a formula which says
Prob(A or B) = Prob(A) + Prob(B)  Prob(A and B)
= 4 + 7  2 = 9
notice that the 3 and 9 are in both sets, so if we just add up the count, we counted them twice, so we have to subtract one of the counts. 
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gaetan gouninlkpon,
P(b and 2)

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dixie,
help me is suck at math and probability is very hard