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Re: Seven men and seven women [#permalink]
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Seven men and seven women have to sit around a circular table so that no 2 women are together. In how many ways can that be done?

A. 24 B. 6 C. 4 D. 12 E. 3

I don't have the OA... Please help

The number of arrangements of n distinct objects in a row is given by n!. The number of arrangements of n distinct objects in a circle is given by (n-1)!.

The difference between placement in a row and that in a circle is following: if we shift all object by one position, we will get different arrangement in a row but the same relative arrangement in a circle. So, for the number of circular arrangements of n objects we have: n!/n=(n-1)!

Now, 7 men in a circle can be arranged in (7-1)! ways and if we place 7 women in empty slots between them then no two women will be together. The # of arrangement of these 7 women will be 7! and not 6! because if we shift them by one position we'll get different arrangement because of the neighboring men.

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Hi Bumpot, I think what you could do for now is change the answer choices for this question so that we can answer it accordingly since the answer choices given don't make much sense

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Thank you for the suggestion. Done. _________________

We have to assume clock and anticlockwise arrangements are the same.
By saying that no two women must seat next to one another means that men and women must alternate in their sitting arrangements.

Let us take the example of 3 men [m1,m2,m3] and 3 women [w1,w2,w3]. That gives us (3-1)= 2 arrangements
[w1 m1 w2 m2 w3 m3 w1]
[w1 m2 w2 m1 w3 m3 w1]

Similarly for 7 men and 7 women we must have (7-1) = 6 combinations.

So i'd go for answer B. Anyway, that is how I would do it should this be an actual GMAT question.

I am unsure of this - after seeing the given answer choices. I dont get any of the answer choices and also way out from any of the ans choices.

Here is my understanding. I will be glad if someone can let me know the logical error I am committing here.

Putting one Man in a fixed position, the remaining men can be arranged in 6! ways.

For each arrangement, there are 7 positions for the women and they can be arranged in 7! ways.

Meaning the total arrangement is 7!*6! = 3628800 ways - only few hundred thousand ways more than the answer choices. Where am I going wrong?

I checked this one venskune, and you are right. This is how even I did it. I have this book which is used for entrance exams ( those competitive exams). and this is how it ihas been done. The OAs are wrong... _________________

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