### Independent Events and Sample Spaces

**What’s in a Word?**

The words *dependent* and *independent* are used by students and teachers on a daily basis. In fact, they are probably used quite frequently. You may tell your parent or guardian that you are independent enough to go to the movies on your own with your friends. You could say that when you bake a cake or make a cup of hot chocolate, the taste of these are dependent on what ingredients you use. In the English language, the term dependent means to be unable to do without, whereas independent means to be free from any outside influence.

What about in mathematics? What do the terms dependent and independent actually mean? This concept will explore the mathematics of independence and dependence.

**Independent Events**

In mathematics, the term independent means to have one event not dependent on the other. It is similar to the English definition. Suppose you are trying to convince your parent/guardian to let you go to the movies on your own. Your parent/guardian is thinking that if you go, you will not have time to finish your homework. For this reason, you have to convince him/her that you are independent enough to go to the movies *and* finish your homework. Therefore, you are trying to convince your parent/guardian that the 2 events, going to the movies and finishing your homework, are **independent events**. This is similar to the mathematical definition. Say you were asked to pick a particular card from a deck of cards and roll a 6 on a die. It does not matter if you choose the card first and roll a 6 second, or vice versa. The probability of rolling the 6 would remain the same, as would the probability of choosing the card.

#### Using the Multiplication Rule

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#### Calculating Probability

2 coins are tossed one after the other. Event

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Therefore, there is a 25% chance of getting 2 heads when tossing 2 fair coins.

#### Finding Probability Given a Table

The following table represents data collected from a grade 12 class in DEF High School.

Gender |
University |
Community College |
Total |
---|---|---|---|

Males | 28 | 56 | 84 |

Females | 43 | 37 | 80 |

Total | 71 | 93 | 164 |

Suppose 1 student was chosen at **random** from the grade 12 class.

(a) What is the probability that the student is female?

(b) What is the probability that the student is going to university?

Now suppose 2 people both randomly chose 1 student from the grade 12 class. Assume that it's possible for them to choose the same student.

(c) What is the probability that the first person chooses a student who is female and the second person chooses a student who is going to university?

Therefore, there is a 21.1% probability that the first person chooses a student who is female and the second person chooses a student who is going to university.

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### Example

#### Example 1

2 cards are chosen from a deck of cards. The first card is replaced before choosing the second card. What is the probability that they both will be sevens?

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**A little note about a deck of cards**

A deck of cards consists of 52 cards.

Each deck has 4 parts (suits) with 13 cards in them.

Each suit has 3 face cards.

Since the card *was* replaced, these events are independent:

### Review

- Determine which of the following are examples of independent events.
- Rolling a 5 on one die and rolling a 5 on a second die.
- Choosing a cookie from the cookie jar and choosing a jack from a deck of cards.
- Winning a hockey game and scoring a goal.

- Determine which of the following are examples of independent events.
- Choosing an 8 from a deck of cards, replacing it, and choosing a face card.
- Going to the beach and bringing an umbrella.
- Getting gasoline for your car and getting diesel fuel for your car.

- A coin and a die are tossed. Calculate the probability of getting tails and a 5.
- In Tania's homeroom class, 9% of the students were born in March and 40% of the students have a blood type of O+. What is the probability of a student chosen at random from Tania's homeroom class being born in March and having a blood type of O+?
- If a baseball player gets a hit in 31% of his at-bats, what it the probability that the baseball player will get a hit in 5 at-bats in a row?
- What is the probability of tossing 2 coins one after the other and getting 1 head and 1 tail?
- 2 cards are chosen from a deck of cards. The first card is replaced before choosing the second card. What is the probability that they both will be clubs?
- 2 cards are chosen from a deck of cards. The first card is replaced before choosing the second card. What is the probability that they both will be face cards?
- If the probability of receiving at least 1 piece of mail on any particular day is 22%, what is the probability of
*not*receiving any mail for 3 days in a row? - Johnathan is rolling 2 dice and needs to roll an 11 to win the game he is playing. What is the probability that Johnathan wins the game?

### Review (Answers)

To view the Review answers, open this PDF file and look for section 1.2.