krishnasty wrote:

Hi guys...

i had a problem and needed an insight on the same:

A nickel, a dime, and 2 quarters are arranged along a side of the table. if the quarter and the dime have to face heads up and nickel can face either heads up or tails up, how many different arrangements of coins are possible?

The answer says

4!/2!) * 2!

Can somebody please explain me how to arrive to this ans?

Thanks in advance..

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THEORY.

Permutations of \(n\) things of which \(P_1\) are alike of one kind, \(P_2\) are alike of second kind, \(P_3\) are alike of third kind ... \(P_r\) are alike of \(r_{th}\) kind such that: \(P_1+P_2+P_3+..+P_r=n\) is:

\(\frac{n!}{P_1!*P_2!*P_3!*...*P_r!}\).

For example number of permutation of the letters of the word "gmatclub" is \(8!\) as there are 8 DISTINCT letters in this word.

Number of permutation of the letters of the word "google" is \(\frac{6!}{2!2!}\), as there are 6 letters out of which "g" and "o" are represented twice.

Number of permutation of 9 balls out of which 4 are red, 3 green and 2 blue, would be \(\frac{9!}{4!3!2!}\).

So, # of arrangements of a nickel, a dime, and 2 quarters, or arrangements of 4 letters NDQQ out of which 2 Q's appear twice will be \(\frac{4!}{2!}\). Next, as nickel can face either heads up or tails up then we should multiple this number by 2, so finally we'll get: \(\frac{4!}{2!}*2\).

Hope it's clear.

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