Favorable Outcomes

Favorable outcomes in probability are those results of an experiment which you want.

Favorable outcomes of a coin

Suppose two friends toss a coin. Friend A wants 'heads' and B wants 'tails'. We can say that the favorable outcome for A is 'heads' and for B is 'tails'.

When a coin is tossed, it can result in either heads or tails. Thus, there are two possible outcomes on tossing a coin. Any one of these outcomes, heads or tails, can be favorable according to what you want.

If suppose someone says they want either heads or tails, then the favorable outcomes will be 2, because whether the coin gives heads or tails the outcome is what they wanted.

Favorable outcomes of a number cube

A number cube has six faces numbered 1 through 6 and on throwing it only one of these faces shows up.

Suppose you have to calculate the probability of getting an even number on rolling a number cube. The number cube has the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 on it, out of which only 2, 4 and 6 are even numbers. Thus, there are a total of 6 possible outcomes but only 3 favorable outcomes. If any one of these favorable outcomes occurs, then you say that the result is favorable, or of interest.

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