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A first grade teacher uses ten flash cards, each numbered from 1 to10, to teach her students to order numbers correctly. She has students choose four flash cards randomly, then arrange the cards in ascending order. One day, she removes the cards '2' and '4' from the deck. On that day, how many different correct arrangements of four randomly selected cards are possible?

i think i'm missing something here, if arrangement/order is a part of this problem why is it considered a combination problem as opposed to a permutation one?

Re: PR '05 A teacher uses ten flash cards, numbered 1 through [#permalink]
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Yes, I have the same doubt. I really don´t understand the solution. Book solution: Make four spots for the cards chosen, and then fill in the number of options for each spot:

8 x 7 x 6 x 5

Then divide by the number of ways to arrange theses four cards: 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 _________________

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i think i'm missing something here, if arrangement/order is a part of this problem why is it considered a combination problem as opposed to a permutation one?

It's not advisable to tag the questions using its wording. Just because the question uses the word 'arrangement', it doesn't make this an arrangement problem. It is a combination problem and here is why: When you pick the cards, there is only one way in which you can arrange them - the ascending order which will be unique for any 4 cards you pick. Say, I picked up 3, 5, 6, 10. The only way I can arrange them is this: 3, 5, 6, 10. I cannot arrange them as 3, 6, 10, 5 or 6, 5, 3, 10 or any other arrangement that you can have with 4 unique cards. The number of arrangements here is not 4!. Instead it is only 1 since they must be put in ascending order.

So all you have to do is find out the number of ways in which you can pick 4 cards out of 8 unique cards. This will be done in 8C4 = 70 ways.

The book uses the basic counting principle. Put 4 cards in 4 places in 8*7*6*5 ways and since you can arrange them in only one way, divide by the number of arrangements i.e. 4!

When will it be an arrangement problem? "She has students choose 4 cards randomly, then arrange the cards in ANY order." Now each selection will have 4! distinct arrangements. _________________

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