Rule of Sum
Pronunciation: /rul ʌv sʌm/ ?
The rule of sum
a rule in probability that states when selecting from two sets of events that can not both happen, the number of possibilities of each of the events is added together to get the total number of possible events. Example: Andrea wants dessert. She can stay home and choose from apples or kiwi. Or she can go to the store and buy bananas. There are 2 choices at home and 1 at the store, making a total of 2 + 1 = 3 choices.
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Rule of Sum. 2001-01-01. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/s/sumrule.html.