Notes On Multiplication Rule of Probability - CBSE Class 12 Maths
The conditional probability of event E given that event F has occurred, is given by P(E|F) = P(Eâˆ©F)/P(F), P(F) â‰  0 â‡’ P(Eâˆ©F) = P(E|F).P(F) ...(1) The conditional probability of event F given that event E has occurred, is given by P(E|F) = P(Fâˆ©E)/P(E), P(E) â‰  0 â‡’ P(F|E) = P(Eâˆ©F)/P(E) (âˆµE âˆ© F = F âˆ© E) â‡’ P(Eâˆ©F) = P(F|E).P(E) ...(2) From (1) and (2), we get P(Eâˆ©F) = P(E|F).P(F) = P(F|E).P(E) This is called the multiplication rule of probability. Ex: Consider a pack of cards. Two cards are drawn one after the other, without replacing the first card back into the pack.What is the probability of the event, "drawing a king first and then a queen? Sol: Let K and Q be the events of drawing a king and a queen card, respectively. The probability of drawing a king first and then a queen = P(K âˆ© Q) Total number of cards = 52 Number of kings = 4 âˆ´ P(K) = 4/52 Numbers of cards present in the pack = 52 - 1 = 51 (âˆµ 1 card is already drawn.) Number of queens = 4 The conditional probability of Q given that K has occurred: P(Q|K) = 4/51 From the multiplication rule of probability, P(Kâˆ©Q) = P(Q|K).P(K) P(Kâˆ©Q) = 4/51 x 4/52               = 4/51 x 1/13 = 4/663 âˆ´ P(Kâˆ©Q) = 4/663 The probability of drawing a king first and then a queen is 4/663. Multiplication rule for three events E, F and G: P(E âˆ© F âˆ© G) = P(E).P(F|E).P(G|(E âˆ© F)) = P(E).P(F|E).P(G|EF) Ex: An urn contains 12 red balls and 8 blue balls.Suppose we take two red balls and then a blue ball one after another without replacement. What would be the probability of the event of taking out two red balls and a blue ball? Sol: Let R: Red ball is drawn B: Blue ball is drawn Total number of balls available in the urn = 12 red balls + 8 blue balls = 20 Probability of taking one red ball: P(R) = 12/20 = 3/5 Number of red balls available = 12 - 1 = 11 Number of balls available (after a red ball is drawn)= 20 - 1 = 19 Probability of taking second red ball given that one red ball has already been taken: P(R|R) = 11/19 Number of balls available (after two red balls are drawn) = 19 - 1 = 18 Probability of taking a blue ball given that two red balls have already been taken: P(B|RR) = 8/18 = 4/9 P(RRB) = P(R).P(R|R).P(B|RR) =  3/5 x 11/19 x 4/9 = 1/5 x 11/19 x 4/3 = 44/285 âˆ´ P(RRB) = 44/285 The probability of taking two successive red balls and a blue ball is 44/285.

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The conditional probability of event E given that event F has occurred, is given by P(E|F) = P(Eâˆ©F)/P(F), P(F) â‰  0 â‡’ P(Eâˆ©F) = P(E|F).P(F) ...(1) The conditional probability of event F given that event E has occurred, is given by P(E|F) = P(Fâˆ©E)/P(E), P(E) â‰  0 â‡’ P(F|E) = P(Eâˆ©F)/P(E) (âˆµE âˆ© F = F âˆ© E) â‡’ P(Eâˆ©F) = P(F|E).P(E) ...(2) From (1) and (2), we get P(Eâˆ©F) = P(E|F).P(F) = P(F|E).P(E) This is called the multiplication rule of probability. Ex: Consider a pack of cards. Two cards are drawn one after the other, without replacing the first card back into the pack.What is the probability of the event, "drawing a king first and then a queen? Sol: Let K and Q be the events of drawing a king and a queen card, respectively. The probability of drawing a king first and then a queen = P(K âˆ© Q) Total number of cards = 52 Number of kings = 4 âˆ´ P(K) = 4/52 Numbers of cards present in the pack = 52 - 1 = 51 (âˆµ 1 card is already drawn.) Number of queens = 4 The conditional probability of Q given that K has occurred: P(Q|K) = 4/51 From the multiplication rule of probability, P(Kâˆ©Q) = P(Q|K).P(K) P(Kâˆ©Q) = 4/51 x 4/52               = 4/51 x 1/13 = 4/663 âˆ´ P(Kâˆ©Q) = 4/663 The probability of drawing a king first and then a queen is 4/663. Multiplication rule for three events E, F and G: P(E âˆ© F âˆ© G) = P(E).P(F|E).P(G|(E âˆ© F)) = P(E).P(F|E).P(G|EF) Ex: An urn contains 12 red balls and 8 blue balls.Suppose we take two red balls and then a blue ball one after another without replacement. What would be the probability of the event of taking out two red balls and a blue ball? Sol: Let R: Red ball is drawn B: Blue ball is drawn Total number of balls available in the urn = 12 red balls + 8 blue balls = 20 Probability of taking one red ball: P(R) = 12/20 = 3/5 Number of red balls available = 12 - 1 = 11 Number of balls available (after a red ball is drawn)= 20 - 1 = 19 Probability of taking second red ball given that one red ball has already been taken: P(R|R) = 11/19 Number of balls available (after two red balls are drawn) = 19 - 1 = 18 Probability of taking a blue ball given that two red balls have already been taken: P(B|RR) = 8/18 = 4/9 P(RRB) = P(R).P(R|R).P(B|RR) =  3/5 x 11/19 x 4/9 = 1/5 x 11/19 x 4/3 = 44/285 âˆ´ P(RRB) = 44/285 The probability of taking two successive red balls and a blue ball is 44/285.

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