# Learn to find the number of possible outcomes in an experiment.

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Learn to find the number of possible outcomes in an experiment.

Vocabulary Fundamental Counting Principle tree diagram

Additional Example 1A: Using the Fundamental Counting Principal
License plates are being produced that have a single letter followed by three digits. All license plates are equally likely. A. Find the number of possible license plates. Use the Fundamental Counting Principle. letter first digit second digit third digit 26 choices 10 choices 10 choices 10 choices 26 • 10 • 10 • 10 = 26,000 The number of possible 1-letter, 3-digit license plates is 26,000.

Additional Example 1B: Using the Fundamental Counting Principal
B. Find the probability that a license plate has the letter Q. 1 26 1 • 10 • 10 • 10 26,000 = P(Q ) = 0.038

Additional Example 1C: Using the Fundamental Counting Principle
C. Find the probability that a license plate does not contain a 3. First use the Fundamental Counting Principle to find the number of license plates that do not contain a 3. 26 • 9 • 9 • 9 = 18,954 possible license plates without a 3 There are 9 choices for any digit except 3. P(no 3) = = 0.729 26,000 18,954

Try This: Example 1 Social Security numbers contain 9 digits. All Social Security numbers are equally likely. A. Find the number of possible Social Security numbers. Use the Fundamental Counting Principle. Digit 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Choices 10 10 • 10 • 10 • 10 • 10 • 10 • 10 • 10 • 10 = 1,000,000,000 The number of Social Security numbers is 1,000,000,000.

B. Find the probability that the Social Security number contains a 7.
Try This: Example 1B B. Find the probability that the Social Security number contains a 7. P(7 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _) = 1 • 10 • 10 • 10 • 10 • 10 • 10 • 10 • 10 1,000,000,000 = = 0.1 10 1

Try This: Example 1C C. Find the probability that a Social Security number does not contain a 7. First use the Fundamental Counting Principle to find the number of Social Security numbers that do not contain a 7. P(no 7 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _) = 9 • 9 • 9 • 9 • 9 • 9 • 9 • 9 • 9 1,000,000,000 P(no 7) = ≈ 0.4 1,000,000,000 387,420,489

The Fundamental Counting Principle tells you only the number of outcomes in some experiments, not what the outcomes are. A tree diagram is a way to show all of the possible outcomes.

Additional Example 2: Using a Tree Diagram
You have a photo that you want to mat and frame. You can choose from a blue, purple, red, or green mat and a metal or wood frame. Describe all of the ways you could frame this photo with one mat and one frame. You can find all of the possible outcomes by making a tree diagram. There should be 4 • 2 = 8 different ways to frame the photo.