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Problem 1106

# If a card is drawn from a deck of playing cards, what is the probability that it will be a jack or a ten?

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The probability of drawing either a jack or a ten from a standard deck of playing cards is $$\frac{2}{13}$$.
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## Step 1: Counting the jacks and tens

There are 4 suits in a deck, and each suit has 1 jack and 1 ten. So, there are 4 jacks and 4 tens in a standard deck of 52 playing cards (1 jack and 1 ten per suit). This gives us a total of 4 + 4 = 8 favorable outcomes (jacks and tens).

## Step 2: Calculate the probability

To calculate the probability of drawing either a jack or a ten, we will divide the number of favorable outcomes (jacks and tens) by the total number of possible outcomes (total number of cards in the deck). This can be represented as: Probability = (Number of Jacks and Tens) / (Total Number of Cards)

## Step 3: Plug in the values and solve

Now we will plug in the values we found in step 1 into the probability formula: Probability = (8) / (52)

## Step 4: Simplify the fraction

To simplify the fraction, we can divide both the numerator and the denominator by their greatest common divisor, which is 4: Probability = $$\frac{8}{52}$$ = $$\frac{2}{13}$$ So, the probability of drawing either a jack or a ten from a standard deck of playing cards is $$\frac{2}{13}$$.

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