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John has three coins in his pocket. One is fair, one has two heads, and the third is unbalanced, showing head 60% of the time. John grabs a coin at random and tosses it. Find the probability that:
1) The coin shows a head
2) The coin is regular, give that the toss produced a head
3) The coin is regular, given that the toss produced a tail

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    1. Probability of showing a head:
    Coins are chosen at random, so each coin has a probability of (1/3) of being selected.
    probability for a head:
    fair coin: (1/3)(1/2)=1/6
    two heads: (1/3)(1)=1/3
    unbalanced: (1/3)(0.6)=1/5
    Add up the three probabilities to get 7/10.

    Conditional probabilty:
    For events A and B, P(A|B) stands for probability of A happening given that B is true. In numerical terms,

    2. Let
    A=coin is regular
    B=produced a head
    P(A∩B)=[(1/3)(1/2)]=1/6 as calculated above
    P(B)=7/10 as calculated above

    3. similar to (2), left as exercise for you.

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