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10 Arabian horses are split into pairs to pull one of the distinct 4 carts in a race. If each cart is assigned to a pair, how many different assignments of horses to carts are possible?

A, 420
B. 1260
C. 5220
D. 9450
E. 113400

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Re: Pairs of Horses and Carts [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2010, 08:37
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10 Arabian horses are split into pairs to pull one of the distinct 4 carts in a race. If each cart is assigned to a pair, how many different assignments of horses to carts are possible?

a) 420
b) 1260
c) 5220
d) 9450
e) 113400

Note: Found this question. But not the OA. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.


Note: The question is beyond the GMAT scope.

# of ways 10 horses can be divided into 5 groups when order of the groups does not matter is: \frac{C^2_{10}*C^2_{8}*C^2_{6}*C^2_{4}*C^2_{2}}{5!}=945.

So we would have 945 different cases of dividing 10 horses into 5 groups:
1. A_1, B_1, C_1, D_1, E_1 (each letter represent pair of horses);
2. A_2, B_2, C_2, D_2, E_2;
...
945. A_{945}, B_{945}, C_{945}, D_{945}, E_{945}.

Now, we want to assign a pair (a letter in our case) to one of 4 distinct carts. For each case (out of 945) P^4_5=120 would represent # of ways to choose 4 pairs out of 5 when order matters (as carts are distinct). OR C^4_5 - choose 4 different letters out of 5 and 4! - # of ways to assign 4 different letters to 4 distinct carts: C^4_5*4!=120.

So total # of different assignments would be 945*120=113400.

Answer: E.

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Re: Pairs of Horses and Carts [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 11:42
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Re: Pairs of Horses and Carts [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 11:49
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Thanks Bunnel.
But I'm still a bit confused about the explanation. Some more elaboration would certainly help.


Please go through the links in my previous post to understand the concept, also see the newest topic with similar problem at: combinations-problems-95344.html.

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Ten Arabian horses are split into pairs to pull one of the distinct [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2014, 10:33
Ten Arabian horses are split into pairs to pull one of the distinct 4 carts in a race.
If each cart is assigned to a pair of horses, how many different assignments of
horses to cart are possible?

a 420
b 1260
c 5220
d 9450
e 113400
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Re: 10 Arabian horses are split into pairs to pull one of the [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2014, 10:49
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Ten Arabian horses are split into pairs to pull one of the distinct 4 carts in a race.
If each cart is assigned to a pair of horses, how many different assignments of
horses to cart are possible?

a 420
b 1260
c 5220
d 9450
e 113400


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