How to solve this problem quickly? I need more than 5 mins to get the answer. A long calculation....

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Bill and Jane play a simple game involving two fair dice, each of which has six sides numbered from 1 to 6 (with an equal chance of landing on any side). Bill rolls the dice and his score is the total of the two dice. Jane then rolls the dice and her score is the total of her two dice. If Jane's score is higher than Bill's, she wins the game. What is the probability the Jane will win the game?

(A) 15/36

(B) 175/432

(C) 575/1296

(D) 583/1296

(E) 1/2

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Yes, this problem involves a long calculation to some extent.yuliawati wrote:How to solve this problem quickly? I need more than 5 mins to get the answer. A long calculation....

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Bill and Jane play a simple game involving two fair dice, each of which has six sides numbered from 1 to 6 (with an equal chance of landing on any side). Bill rolls the dice and his score is the total of the two dice. Jane then rolls the dice and her score is the total of her two dice. If Jane's score is higher than Bill's, she wins the game. What is the probability the Jane will win the game?

(A) 15/36

(B) 175/432

(C) 575/1296

(D) 583/1296

(E) 1/2

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But we can reduce the calculations to some extent by noting that Bill and Jane has equal probability to win the game. But that doesn't mean that the probability is 1/2, as there also exists the case of tie.

Thus, the required probability = [1 - Probability of tie]/2

Now the possible scores are,

2 : In 1 way => (1, 1)

3 : In 2 way => (1, 2), (2, 1)

4 : In 3 way => (1, 3), (2, 2), (3, 1)

5 : In 4 way => (1, 4), (2, 3), (3, 2), (4, 1)

6 : In 5 way => (1, 5), (2, 4), (3, 3), (4, 2), (5, 1)

7 : In 6 way => (1, 6), (2, 5), (3, 4), (4, 3), (5, 2), (6, 1)

8 : In 5 way => (2, 6), (3, 5), (4, 4), (5, 3), (6, 2)

9 : In 4 way => (3, 6), (4, 5), (5, 4), (6, 3)

10 : In 3 way => (4, 6), (5, 5), (6, 4)

11 : In 2 way => (5, 6), (6, 5)

12 : In 1 way => (6, 6)

Now, Probability of tie

= Probability that scores of Bill and Jane is same

= P(2) + P(3) + P(4) + P(5) + P(6) + P(7) + P(8) + P(9) + P(10) + P(11) + P(12)

= (1 + 4 + 9 + 16 + 25 + 36 + 25 + 16 + 9 + 4 + 1)/(36*36)

= 146/1296

Thus, required probability = [1 - (146/1296)]/2 = 575/1296

The correct answer is C.

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3 possible outcomes:yuliawati wrote:How to solve this problem quickly? I need more than 5 mins to get the answer. A long calculation....

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Bill and Jane play a simple game involving two fair dice, each of which has six sides numbered from 1 to 6 (with an equal chance of landing on any side). Bill rolls the dice and his score is the total of the two dice. Jane then rolls the dice and her score is the total of her two dice. If Jane's score is higher than Bill's, she wins the game. What is the probability the Jane will win the game?

(A) 15/36

(B) 175/432

(C) 575/1296

(D) 583/1296

(E) 1/2

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P(J) = Probability that Jane wins

P(B) = Probability that Bill wins

P(D) = Probability in a draw (each gets the same score)

P(J) + P(B) + P(D) = 1.

Since Jane and Bill each have the same chance of winning, P(J) = P(B).

Thus:

P(J) + P(J) + P(D) = 1

2*P(J) + P(D) = 1

P(J) = [1- P(D)] / 2

So to determine P(J), we need to determine P(D).

The probabilities of getting the different sums display the following symmetry:

P(2) = P(12)

P(3) = P(11)

P(4) = P(10)

P(5) = P(9)

P(6) = P(8)

Let's determine the various probabilities to discern the pattern:

P(2) = P(1,1) = 1/6 * 1/6 = 1/36.

P(3) = P(1,2) + P(2,1) = 1/36 + 1/36 = 2/36

P(4) = P(1,3) + P(3,1) + P(2,2) = 3/36

Now we see the pattern:

P(5) = 4/36

P(6) = 5/36

P(7) = 6/36

A draw means that each gets the same score:

P(both score 2) = P(2) * P(2) = 1/36 * 1/36 = 1/1296

P(both score 3) = P(3) * P(3) = 2/36 * 2/36 = 4/1296

P(both score 4) = 3/6 * 3/36 = 9/1296

P(both score 5) = 4/36 * 4/36 = 16/1296

P(both score 6) = 5/36 * 5/36 = 25/36

P(both score 2 through 6) = (1+4+9+16+25)/1296 = 55/1296

Thus, P(both score 8 through 12) = 55/1295

P(both score 7) = 6/36 * 6/36 = 36/1296

Thus, P(D) = (55+55+36)/1296 = 146/1296

Thus P(J) = (1 - 146/1296)/2 = 575/1296.

The correct answer is C.

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