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Assume that the coin is flipped 10 times.
What is the probability that both heads and tails occur?

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    If you flip 2 coins then 25% chance

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    P(no heads) = 1/2^10 = 1/1024
    P(no tails) = 1/1024
    P(no heads|no tails) = 1/1024+1/1024 = 1/512

    so, 1-1/512 = 511/512

    another way to think of it is that the 1st toss must be identical to the next 9 tosses, so 1/2^9 is the P(next 9 the same)

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