Basic Probability Concepts

  • Byron P. Roe
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)


Central to our study are three critical concepts: randomness, probability, and a priori probability. In this chapter, we will discuss these terms. Probability is a very subtle concept. We feel we intuitively understand it. Mathematically, probability problems are easily defined. Yet when we try to obtain a precise physical definition, we find the concept often slips through our grasp.


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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Byron P. Roe
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  1. 1.Department of Physics, Randall LaboratoryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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