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Each of three charities in Novel Grove Estates has 8 persons

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Each of three charities in Novel Grove Estates has 8 persons [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2011, 18:26
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Each of three charities in Novel Grove Estates has 8 persons serving on its board of directors. If exactly 4 persons serve on 3 boards each and each pair of charities has 5 persons in common on their boards of directors, then how many distinct persons serve on one or more boards of directors?

A. 8
B. 13
C. 16
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Last edited by Bunuel on 13 Aug 2014, 06:56, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Each of three charities in Novel Grove Estates has 8 persons [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2011, 18:51
Sorry, the answer is 13. I know that this question can be found in the forum, but I'd like to know if there's a way (such as using the standard overlapping set equation) to attack the problem other than by drawing out each of the three groups!

Thanks so much!
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Re: Each of three charities in Novel Grove Estates has 8 persons [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2011, 20:26
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Sorry, the answer is 13. I know that this question can be found in the forum, but I'd like to know if there's a way (such as using the standard overlapping set equation) to attack the problem other than by drawing out each of the three groups!

Thanks so much!


You can use the formula for 3 sets:
n(AUBUC) = n(A) + n(B) + n (C) - n(A and B) - n(B and C) - n(C and A) + n(A and B and C)

n(AUBUC) = 8 + 8 + 8 - 5 - 5 -5 + 4 = 13

Though, why would you not try using the Venn diagram for 3 overlapping sets. This question is relatively straight forward so the formula is no problem, but with the Venn diagram, it doesn't matter how much you twist the question, the answer is still apparent....
I am attaching it in case you would like to give it a look...
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Re: Each of three charities in Novel Grove Estates has 8 persons [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2011, 02:08
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Hello,

Here's an overlapping set question that I came across and obviously got wrong.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me sort this one out!


Check this link for different formulas on 3 overlapping sets (theory and examples): formulae-for-3-overlapping-sets-69014.html#p729340
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Re: Each of three charities in Novel Grove Estates has 8 persons [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2011, 05:50
Wow, thanks for the great explanations and link!
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Re: Each of three charities in Novel Grove Estates has 8 persons [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2014, 20:51
Distinct persons means addition of all colours (As per diagram below)

= 2+1+4+1+2+1+2

= 13

Answer = 13
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