voodoochild wrote:

In how many ways can 5 boys and 3 girls be seated on 8 chairs so that no two girls are together?

A 5760

B 14400

C 480

D 56

E 40320

HEre's what I did :

5! * (4C3) *2* 3! = 120*6*4*2= 5760. Am I correct?

Consider the following arrangement:

*B*B*B*B*B*

Now, if girls occupy the places of 6 stars no girls will be together.

# of ways 3 girls can occupy the places of these 6 stars is \(C^3_6=20\);

# of ways 3 girls can be arranged on these places is \(3!=6\);

# of ways 5 boys can be arranged is \(5!=120\).

So total # of ways to arrange 3 Girls and 5 boys so that no girls are together is \(20*6*120=14,000\).

Answer: B.

3 G can occupy any of the 4 "_" positions in 4C3 ways.

Similar Girls could also occupy any of the 4 "O" positions in 4C3 ways.

Boys can be permuted in 5! ways. Girls - 3! Therefore arrangements = 4C3* 2 * 5! * 3! = 4*2*120*6= 5760. Can you please let me know what I am missing?