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A certain company has 18 equally qualified applicants for 4 open positions. How many different groups of 4 applicants can be chosen by the company to fill the positions if the order of selection does not matter?

(A) 18
(B) 72
(C) 180
(D) 1,260
(E) 3,060
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This is a combination question since order is not important.

n!
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k! (n-k!)

= 18!
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4! 14!

= 18 * 17 * 16 * 15 * 14!
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4 * 3 * 2 * 1 * 14!

= 3060 (Ans: E)
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A certain company has 18 equally qualified applicants for 4 open positions. How many different groups of 4 applicants can be chosen by the company to fill the positions if the order of selection does not matter?

(A) 18
(B) 72
(C) 180
(D) 1,260
(E) 3,060


# of ways to choose 4 different people out of 18, when order of chosen people doesn't matter is \(C^4_{18}=\frac{18!}{14!*4!}=3060\).

Answer: E.
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A certain company has 18 equally qualified applicants for 4 open positions. How many different groups of 4 applicants can be chosen by the company to fill the positions if the order of selection does not matter?

(A) 18
(B) 72
(C) 180
(D) 1,260
(E) 3,060


Initially There are 18 choices for first Position
Now, There are 17 choices for Second Position
Now, There are 16 choices for Third Position
Now, There are 15 choices for Forth Position

i.e. Total Ways to choose people (With arrangement) = 18*17*16*15

Since we require only the selection hence we need to exclude the arrangements of 4 selected individuals which is 4!


i.e. i.e. Total Ways to choose people (WithOUT arrangement) = (18*17*16*15)/4! = 3060

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A certain company has 18 equally qualified applicants for 4 open positions. How many different groups of 4 applicants can be chosen by the company to fill the positions if the order of selection does not matter?

(A) 18
(B) 72
(C) 180
(D) 1,260
(E) 3,060


# of ways to choose 4 different people out of 18, when order of chosen people doesn't matter is \(C^4_{18}=\frac{18!}{14!*4!}=3060\).

Answer: E.

if order mattered how would this problem change?
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A certain company has 18 equally qualified applicants for 4 open positions. How many different groups of 4 applicants can be chosen by the company to fill the positions if the order of selection does not matter?

(A) 18
(B) 72
(C) 180
(D) 1,260
(E) 3,060


# of ways to choose 4 different people out of 18, when order of chosen people doesn't matter is \(C^4_{18}=\frac{18!}{14!*4!}=3060\).

Answer: E.

if order mattered how would this problem change?

If the order mattered, then the 4 people you selected out of 18 via 18C4 need to be multiplied by 4 to account for the fact that 4 positions will themselves be arranged in 4! ways.

Thus total ways possible with an ordered set = 18C4* 4!
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18 * 17 * 16 * 15
Is a little bigger than 20*15*15*15

Divide away 4*3*2

5*5*15*15/2

Little more than close to 3,000

Answer E

Tip: Multiplying by 15 is quick and easy. Add a 0 (*10) and then add half of the number
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