
Simple probability (1 of 2)
What is the probability that a card drawn at random from a deck of cards
will be an ace? Since of the 52 cards in the deck, 4 are aces, the probability
is 4/52. In general, the probability of an event is the number of favorable
outcomes divided by the total number of possible outcomes. (This assumes
the outcomes are all equally likely.) In this case there are four favorable
outcomes: (1) the ace of spades, (2) the ace of hearts, (3) the ace of
diamonds, and (4) the ace of clubs. Since each of the 52 cards in the
deck represents a possible outcome, there are 52 possible outcomes.
