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45 students
- 12 study biology
- 2 chemistry
- 3 physics
-3 biology and physics, 15 biology and chemistry
- 6 chemistry and physics
- 4 do all 3.

Caluclate that two students study one science,which is different to each other.

I am confused as on the mark scheme it saying multiple w/45 by y/44, but I don't understand why the denometer decreases
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(Original post by Juliakinga)
45 students
- 12 study biology
- 2 chemistry
- 3 physics
-3 biology and physics, 15 biology and chemistry
- 6 chemistry and physics
- 4 do all 3.

Caluclate that two students study one science,which is different to each other.

I am confused as on the mark scheme it saying multiple w/45 by y/44, but I don't understand why the denometer decreases
There are 45 students, right? The question asks you to calculate the *probability* that two students study one science which differ from each other.
The denominator decreases because at first, you're dividing by the total number of students available (45), hence the w/45. Once you find this student though, the total number of students decreases by 1, 45 - 1 = 44. So now, for your next value, you're dividing by the new total number of students available, i.e. 44.
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(Original post by confuzzledteen)
There are 45 students, right? The question asks you to calculate the *probability* that two students study one science which differ from each other.
The denominator decreases because at first, you're dividing by the total number of students available (45), hence the w/45. Once you find this student though, the total number of students decreases by 1, 45 - 1 = 44. So now, for your next value, you're dividing by the new total number of students available, i.e. 44.
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