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# A Box Contains 30 Bolts and 40 Nuts. Half of the Bolts and Half of the Nuts Are Rusted. If Two Items Are Drawn at Random, What is the Probability that Either Both Are Rusted Or Both Are Bolts? - Mathematics

A box contains 30 bolts and 40 nuts. Half of the bolts and half of the nuts are rusted. If two items are drawn at random, what is the probability that either both are rusted or both are bolts?

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#### Solution

The numbers of bolts and nuts are 30 and 40, respectively.
Then the numbers of rusted bolts and rusted nuts are 15 and 20, respectively.
Total number of items = 30 + 40 = 70
Total number of rusted items = 15 + 20 = 35
Total number of ways of drawing two items = 70C2
Let R and B be the events in which both the items drawn are rusted items and bolts, respectively.
R and B are not mutually exclusive events, because there are 15 rusted bolts.
P(items are both rusted or both bolts) = P (R ∪ B)
= P(R) + P (B) -P (R ∩ B)

=$\frac{^{35}{}{C}_2}{^{70}{}{C}_2} + \frac{^{30}{}{C}_2}{^{70}{}{C}_2} - \frac{^{15}{}{C}_2}{^{70}{}{C}_2} = \frac{1 \times 2}{70 \times 69}\left( \frac{35 \times 34}{1 \times 2} + \frac{30 \times 29}{1 \times 2} - \frac{15 \times 14}{1 \times 2} \right)$

$= \frac{1850}{70 \times 69} = \frac{185}{483}$

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#### APPEARS IN

RD Sharma Class 11 Mathematics Textbook
Chapter 33 Probability
Exercise 33.4 | Q 22 | Page 69
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