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Class XI: Math
Chapter: Probability
Chapter Notes

Key Concepts
1. The theory of probability is a branch of mathematics that deals with
uncertain or unpredictable events. Probability is a concept that gives a
numerical measurement for the likelihood of occurrence of an event.

2. An act which gives some result is an experiment.

3. A possible result of an experiment is called its outcome.

4. The sample space S of an experiment is the set of all its outcomes.
Thus, each outcome is also called a sample point of the experiment

5. An experiment repeated under essentially homogeneous and similar
conditions may result in an outcome, which is either unique or not
unique but one of the several possible outcomes.

6. An experiment is called random experiment if it satisfies the following
two conditions:
(i) It has more than one possible outcome.
(ii) It is not possible to predict the outcome in advance.

7. The experiment that results in a unique outcome is called a
deterministic experiment.

8. Sample space is a set consisting of all the outcomes, its cardinality is
given by n(S).
9. Any subset ‘E’ of a sample space for an experiment is called an event.

10.The empty set | and the sample space S describe events. In fact | is
called an impossible event and S, i.e., the whole sample space is called
the sure event.

11.Whenever an outcome satisfies the conditions, given in the event, we
say that the event has occurred

12.If an event E has only one sample point of a sample space, it is called
a simple (or elementary) event. In the experiment of tossing a coin,
the sample space is {H,T}and the event of getting a {H} or a {T}is a
simple event.

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13.A subset of the sample space, which has more than on element is
called a compound event. In throwing a dice, the event of appearing of
odd numbers is a compound event, because E={1,3,5} has '3' sample
points or elements in it.

14.Events are said to be equally likely, if we have no reason to believe
that one is more likely to occur than the other. The outcomes of an
unbiased coin are equally likely.

15.Probability of an event E, is the ratio of happening of the number of element in
the event to the number of elements in the sample space.
(i) P(E) =
n(E)
n(S)
(ii) 0sP(E) s1
16.Independent Events: Two or more events are said to be independent if
occurrence or non-occurrence of any of them does not affect the
probability of occurrence or non-occurrence of the other event.

17.The complement of an event A, is the set of all outcomes which are
not in A (or not favourable to) A. It is denoted by
A’
.

18.Events Aand B are said to be mutually exclusive if and only if they
have no elements in common.

19.When every possible outcome of an experiment is considered, the
events are called exhaustive events.

Events E
1
, E
2
,..., E
n
are mutually exclusive and exhaustive if
E
1
E
2
….E
n
= S and E
i
∩ E
j
= φ, for every distinct pair of events.

20. When the sets A and B are two events associated with a sample
space, then ‘A B’ is the event ‘either A or B or both.
Therefore Event ‘ A or B’ = A B = {e:e e A or e e B}

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21.If A and B are events, then the event 'A and B' is defined as the set of
all the outcomes which are favourable to both A and B, i.e. 'A and B' is
the event A B. This is represented diagrammatically as follows

22. If A and B are events, then the event 'A - B' is defined to be the set of
all outcomes which are favourable to a but not to B. A - B = = A · B’ = { x:
x e A and x e B}
This is represented diagrammatically as:

23. If S is the sample space of an experiment with n equally likely outcomes
S= {w
1
, w
2
,w
3
,----w
n
} then P(w
1
) = P(w
2
) = P(w
n
) = n
n
i
i 1
P(w )
=
¿ = 1
So P(w
n
) = 1/n

24. Let S be the sample space of a random experiment. The probability P is a
real valued function with domain the power set of S and range the interval
[0,1] satisfying the axioms that
(i) For any event E, P (E) is greater than or equal to 1.
(ii) P (S) = 1
(iii) Number P (ωi) associated with sample point ω
i
such that

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0 P( ) 1 s e s

25. Addition Theorem of probability If ‘A’ and ‘B’ be any two events, then
the probability of occurrence of at least one of the events ‘A’ and ‘B’ is given
by:
P(AB) = P(A) + P(B) – P (A · B)

(a) If A and B are mutually exclusive events then
P(A B) = P(A) + P(B)

26. Addition Theorem for 3 events
P(AUBUC) =P(A)+P(B)+P(C)-P(A·B)-P(B·C)-P(A·C)+P(A·B·C)

27. If ‘E’ is any event and E’ be the complement of event ‘E’, then
P(E’) = 1 - P(E)

28. Probability of difference of events: Let A and B be events.
Then, P(A - B) = P(A) - P(A B)

29. Addition theorem in terms of difference of events:
P(A
B) = P(A-B)+P(B-A)+
P(A B)

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