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In how many different ways can 4 ladies and 4 gentlemen be seated at a round table so that all ladies sit together?

A. 70 B. 288 C. 576 D. 10,080 E. 20,160

Glue the ladies together so that they create one unit, so we would have 5 units: {M1}, {M2}, {M3}, {M4}, and {W1,W2,W3,W4} --> # of different arrangements of \(n\) objects around the table (circular arrangements) is \((n-1)!\), so our 5 objects can be arranged in \((5-1)!=4!\) ways.

On the other hand 4 women within their unit also can be arranged in 4! ways --> total \(4!*4!=576\).

In how many different ways can 4 ladies and 4 gentlemen be seated at a round table so that all ladies sit together?

A. 70 B. 288 C. 576 D. 10,080 E. 20,160

Treat the 4 ladies as one object, now you have 5 objects to arrange around a table (m1,m2,m3,m4,women). This can be done in (5-1)! ways And there are 4! ways to arrange ladies among themselves

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For concept's sake, if we were to do this the opposite way, how would we do it? Say we have (8-1)! of arranging without any conditions. Then it should be 7! - number of ways 2 women can sit together - number of ways three can sit together.

so for number of ways two can sit together I get: (4-1)! and then 4C3 (in how many ways can we place 3 women in 4 slots, since I tied two together * 2)

Number of ways 3 can sit together= seat the men in (4-1)! ways. * 4C2 (in how many ways can two women be placed in 4 slots, since I tied three women together this time)*3! (for the number of arrangements of three women ties together)

This doesn't give me the correct answer. Where have I gone wrong?

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