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Three coins are tossed once. Let A denote the event ‘three heads show”, B denote the event “two heads and one tail show”, C denote the event” three tails show and D denote the event ‘a head shows on the first coin”. Which events are compound?

4.   Three coins are tossed once. Let A denote the event ‘three heads show”, B denote the event “two heads and one tail show”, C denote the event” three tails show and D denote the event ‘a head shows on the first coin”. Which events are

  (iii)  Compound? 

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Sample space when three coins are tossed = [Sample space when a coin is tossed thrice!]

S = {HHH, HHT, HTH, THH, TTH, TTT}

Now, 

A = Event that three heads show up = {HHH} 

B = Event that two heads and one tail show up = {HHT, HTH, THH} 

C = Event that three tails show up = {TTT}

D = Event that a head shows on the first coin = {HHH, HHT, HTH, HTT}

(iv). If an event has more than one sample point, it is called a Compound event.

B = {HHT, HTH, THH} and D = {HHH, HHT, HTH, HTT}

Hence, B and D are compound events.

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