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<math>\textbf{(A) }\frac{1}{9}\qquad\textbf{(B) }\frac{2}{9}\qquad\textbf{(C) }\frac{4}{9}\qquad\textbf{(D) }\frac{1}{2}\qquad \textbf{(E) }\frac{5}{9}</math>
 
<math>\textbf{(A) }\frac{1}{9}\qquad\textbf{(B) }\frac{2}{9}\qquad\textbf{(C) }\frac{4}{9}\qquad\textbf{(D) }\frac{1}{2}\qquad \textbf{(E) }\frac{5}{9}</math>
  
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===Solution===
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We can instead find the probability that their product is odd, and subtract this from <math>1</math>. In order to get an odd product, we have to draw an odd number from each box. We have a <math>\frac{2}{3}</math> probability of drawing an odd number from one box, so there is a <math>{\frac{2}{3}}^2=\frac{4}{9}</math> of having an odd product. Thus, there is a <math>1-\frac{4}{9}=\frac{5}{9}</math> probability of having an even product. We get our answer to be <math>\boxed{\textbf{(E) }\frac{5}{9}}</math>.
 
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Revision as of 17:39, 25 November 2015

Each of two boxes contains three chips numbered $1$, $2$, $3$. A chip is drawn randomly from each box and the numbers on the two chips are multiplied. What is the probability that their product is even?

$\textbf{(A) }\frac{1}{9}\qquad\textbf{(B) }\frac{2}{9}\qquad\textbf{(C) }\frac{4}{9}\qquad\textbf{(D) }\frac{1}{2}\qquad \textbf{(E) }\frac{5}{9}$

Solution

We can instead find the probability that their product is odd, and subtract this from $1$. In order to get an odd product, we have to draw an odd number from each box. We have a $\frac{2}{3}$ probability of drawing an odd number from one box, so there is a ${\frac{2}{3}}^2=\frac{4}{9}$ of having an odd product. Thus, there is a $1-\frac{4}{9}=\frac{5}{9}$ probability of having an even product. We get our answer to be $\boxed{\textbf{(E) }\frac{5}{9}}$.

See Also

2015 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 6
Followed by
Problem 8
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