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How many different groups of 3 people can be formed from a group of 5 people?

A. 5
B. 6
C. 8
D. 9
E. 10
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niheil wrote:
Does anyone think there's a faster way to solve this problem:

How many different groups of 3 people can be formed from a group of 5 people?
(A) 5
(B) 6
(C) 8
(D) 9
(E) 10

How I solved the problem
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I solved the problem by listing all the possible combinations (123, 124, 125...). But I have a feeling there's a shortcut to solving this problem.

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Test Code 42
Section 4
Problem 14

The number of ways to choose r objects out of n objects is $$C(n,r)=\frac{n!}{r!(n-r)!}$$

Using this formula, the answer is C(5,3) or 10.
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niheil wrote:
Does anyone think there's a faster way to solve this problem:

How many different groups of 3 people can be formed from a group of 5 people?
(A) 5
(B) 6
(C) 8
(D) 9
(E) 10

How I solved the problem
[Reveal] Spoiler:
I solved the problem by listing all the possible combinations (123, 124, 125...). But I have a feeling there's a shortcut to solving this problem.

Source: Paper Test
Test Code 42
Section 4
Problem 14

Choosing 3 distinct objects out of 5 when order of the selection is not important $$C^3_5=\frac{5!}{3!(5-3)!}=10$$.

Check Combination topic of Math Book: math-combinatorics-87345.html

Hope it helps.
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How many different groups of 3 people can be formed from a group of 5 people?
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24 May 2012, 14:20
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How many different groups of 3 people can be formed from a group of 5 people?
A:5
B:6
C:8
D:9
E:10

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