If you roll two dice (a green one and a red one), how many different outcomes are there for that roll? (in other words, how many different combinations could you get on the two dice)?

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for each number on the green die you can pair it up with 6 different possible numbers on the red die.

So total combinations is 6 x 6 = 36

As I indicated in my comments, there are not 11 nor 30 but 21 combinations if the die are identical

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There are two possible answers to this question.

If the dice are considered distinguishable (that is a 2 on the red die and a 5 on the green die is considered a different outcome than a 5 on the red die and a 2 on the green one) then there are 36 (= 6 x 6) possible outcomes.

However, if the dice are not considered distinguishable ( that is 2 + 5 = 5 +2 =7, regardless of red and green ) then there are just 11 possible outcomes (2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12) .

same colored dice would give 21 combinations, not 30

True, we shall count 1-2 and 2-1 as the same combination, not only 1-1 or 6-6, otherwise we still keep dice not identical. Thanks for the correction.

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