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4 equal balls into 5 equal boxes so that 3 boxes are full [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 16:31
n how many ways can 4 (distinguishable) balls be put into 5 (distinguishable) boxes so that exactly 3 boxes are not empty?

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In how many ways can 9 blue balls (all the same) and 1 red ball be put into 5 (distinguishable) boxes?

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In how many ways can 7 (distinguishable) balls be put into 12 boxes (2 boxes are equaly green (indistinguishable) and 10 are equaly yellow (indistinguishable)?

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Re: 4 equal balls into 5 equal boxes so that 3 boxes are full [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 20:43
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In how many ways can 4 (distinguishable) balls be put into 5 (distinguishable) boxes so that exactly 3 boxes are not empty?

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4 distinct balls
5 distinct boxes - 2 must be empty

First choose the 2 boxes which will be empty in 5C2 ways.
Now you have 4 distinct balls and 3 distinct boxes. Since no box should be empty, the only distribution which will work is 2, 1, 1 i.e. 2 balls in one box and 1 each in other two boxes.
Choose the box which will have 2 balls in 3C1 ways. Choose the two balls that will go together in the box in 4C2 ways.
The other two balls will be distributed to the other two boxes in 2! ways.

Total ways = 5C2 * 3C1 * 4C2 * 2! = 360 ways
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Re: 4 equal balls into 5 equal boxes so that 3 boxes are full   [#permalink] 09 Jan 2014, 20:43
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