Posted by **crystal** on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 12:15pm.

A student claims that if a fair coin is tossed and comes

up heads 5 times in a row, then, according to the law

of averages, the probability of tails on the next toss

is greater than the probability of heads. What is your

reply?

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**Ms. Sue**, Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 12:18pm
No matter what comes up or how often you get heads, the chance for each individual throw is always the same -- 1 chance out of 2.

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**PsyDAG**, Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 12:02pm
The previous tosses do not effect later tosses; they are independent.

http://www.members.cox.net/dagershaw/lol/Odds.html

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