# Two balls are drawn at random with replacement from a box containing 10 black and 8 red balls. Find the probability that

Question:

Two balls are drawn at random with replacement from a box containing 10 black and 8 red balls. Find the probability that

(i) both balls are red.

(ii) first ball is black and second is red.

(iii) one of them is black and other is red.

Solution:

Total number of balls = 18

Number of red balls = 8

Number of black balls = 10

(i) Probability of getting a red ball in the first draw $=\frac{8}{18}=\frac{4}{9}$

The ball is replaced after the first draw.

$\therefore$ Probability of getting a red ball in the second draw $=\frac{8}{18}=\frac{4}{9}$

Therefore, probability of getting both the balls red $=\frac{4}{9} \times \frac{4}{9}=\frac{16}{81}$

(ii) Probability of getting first ball black $=\frac{10}{18}=\frac{5}{9}$

The ball is replaced after the first draw.

Probability of getting second ball as red $=\frac{8}{18}=\frac{4}{9}$

Therefore, probability of getting first ball as black and second ball as red $=\frac{5}{9} \times \frac{4}{9}=\frac{20}{81}$

(iii) Probability of getting first ball as red $=\frac{8}{18}=\frac{4}{9}$

The ball is replaced after the first draw.

Probability of getting second ball as black $=\frac{10}{18}=\frac{5}{9}$

Therefore, probability that one of them is black and other is red

= Probability of getting first ball black and second as red + Probability of getting first ball red and second ball black

$=\frac{20}{81}+\frac{20}{81}$

$=\frac{40}{81}$

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