GED Exam Prep: Math

Category - Mathematics

In a jar of candy there are 127 red candies, 92 orange ones, 108 yellow ones, 77 green ones, and 13 blue candies. If a person reaches into the jar without looking and grabs one piece of candy, what is the probability of that piece being red?
  1. 25%
  2. 35%
  3. 20%
  4. 30%
Answer: D - A person reaching into the candy jar would have a 30% chance of pulling out a piece of red candy. There are 417 pieces of candy in the jar altogether, which means the person has 127 chances in 417 to pull out a piece of red candy (or 127/417 if the candy is red). To convert that to a percentage, divide the number of chances to get a red candy (127) by the total number of pieces (417), then multiply the quotient by 100.
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