# Prove that if events $A,B$ independent of C then $P(A\cap B\cap C)= P(A\cap B)P(C)$

I am trying to prove why the intersection of two events $A, B$ that are independent of C is also independent of C so that the following equality holds: $$P(A\cap B\cap C)= P(A\cap B)P(C)$$ Intuitively, it looks true but why is that?

• If $A$ and $B$ are each independent of $C$, it need not follow that $A \cap B$ is independent of $C$... Right? – GEdgar Aug 1 '15 at 18:38
• @GEdgar That's what I am trying to prove since I am not sure it's correct. – mgus Aug 1 '15 at 18:49
• You can read David's example... Or you can look up the topic "pairwise independent" in an elementary probability text. – GEdgar Aug 1 '15 at 18:52

This is not true. Say $\Omega=\{(0,0),(0,1),(1,0),(1,1)\}$. Say each point of $\Omega$ has probability $1/4$. Let $A=\{(0,0),(1,0)\}$, $B=\{(0,0),(0,1)\}$, and $C=\{(0,0),(1,1)\}$.
• This means that in such a problem I should have some information about $P(A\cap B|C)$ in order to calculate $P(A\cap B\cap C)$ given that I know $P(C)$, right? Or is there any other way? – mgus Aug 1 '15 at 18:58