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Susan, John, Daisy, Tim, Matt and Kim need to be seated in 6 [#permalink]
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Susan, John, Daisy, Tim, Matt and Kim need to be seated in 6 identical chairs in straight line so that Susan is seated always left to Tim. How many such arrangements are possible ?

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gmihir wrote:

Susan, John, Daisy, Tim, Matt and Kim need to be seated in 6 identical chairs in straight line so that Susan is seated always left to Tim. How many such arrangements are possible ?

A. 360 B. 120 C. 80 D. 240 E. 60

Total # of arrangement of 6 people is 6!.

In half of the cases Susan will be seated left to Tim and in half of the cases Susan will be seated right to Tim (why should one seating arrangement have more ways to occur than another?).

So, # of arrangements to satisfy the given condition is 6!/2=360.

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Re: Susan, John, Daisy, Tim, Matt and Kim need to be seated in 6 [#permalink]
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satsymbol wrote:

Why Can not I use Glue method here? SK together, with 4 others - 5! = 120 ways.

Hi,

When you are using the above method what you are assuming is that they are sitting next to each other always, which is not what the question states. The question only says that S is always sitting left of T, maybe next, maybe away 1 chair ...there is no constraint on that.

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Re: Susan, John, Daisy, Tim, Matt and Kim need to be seated in 6 [#permalink]
12 Apr 2014, 18:27

ind23 wrote:

satsymbol wrote:

Why Can not I use Glue method here? SK together, with 4 others - 5! = 120 ways.

Hi,

When you are using the above method what you are assuming is that they are sitting next to each other always, which is not what the question states. The question only says that S is always sitting left of T, maybe next, maybe away 1 chair ...there is no constraint on that.

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Re: Susan, John, Daisy, Tim, Matt and Kim need to be seated in 6 [#permalink]
24 Jun 2015, 02:37

Bunuel wrote:

gmihir wrote:

Susan, John, Daisy, Tim, Matt and Kim need to be seated in 6 identical chairs in straight line so that Susan is seated always left to Tim. How many such arrangements are possible ?

A. 360 B. 120 C. 80 D. 240 E. 60

Total # of arrangement of 6 people is 6!.

In half of the cases Susan will be seated left to Tim and in half of the cases Susan will be seated right to Tim (why should one seating arrangement have more ways to occur than another?).

So, # of arrangements to satisfy the given condition is 6!/2=360.

Re: Susan, John, Daisy, Tim, Matt and Kim need to be seated in 6 [#permalink]
24 Jun 2015, 20:53

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gmihir wrote:

Susan, John, Daisy, Tim, Matt and Kim need to be seated in 6 identical chairs in straight line so that Susan is seated always left to Tim. How many such arrangements are possible ?

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