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The diagram above shows the various paths along which a mouse can travel from point X, where it is released, to point Y, where it is rewarded with a food pellet. How many different paths from X to Y can the mouse take if it goes directly from X to Y without retracing any point along a path?

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The diagram above shows the various paths along which a mouse can travel from point X, where it is released, to point Y, where it is rewarded with a food pellet. How many different paths from X to Y can the mouse take if it goes directly from X to Y without retracing any point along a path?

(A) 6 (B) 7 (C) 12 (D) 14 (E) 17

There are 3 forks along the path: 2 choices for the first one, 2 for the second and 3 for the third. Hence total # of ways is 2*2*3=12.

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17 Dec 2012, 11:26

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The diagram above shows the various paths along which a mouse can travel from point X, where it is released, to point Y, where it is rewarded with a food pellet. How many different paths from X to Y can the mouse take if it goes directly from X to Y without retracing any point along a path?

(A) 6 (B) 7 (C) 12 (D) 14 (E) 17

There are 3 forks along the path: 2 choices for the first one, 2 for the second and 3 for the third. Hence total # of ways is 2*2*3=12.

Answer: C.

Dear Bunnel, Could you please clarify it more...How the forks are working?

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17 Dec 2012, 11:46

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Bunuel wrote:

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The diagram above shows the various paths along which a mouse can travel from point X, where it is released, to point Y, where it is rewarded with a food pellet. How many different paths from X to Y can the mouse take if it goes directly from X to Y without retracing any point along a path?

(A) 6 (B) 7 (C) 12 (D) 14 (E) 17

There are 3 forks along the path: 2 choices for the first one, 2 for the second and 3 for the third. Hence total # of ways is 2*2*3=12.

Answer: C.

Dear Bunnel, Could you please clarify it more...How the forks are working?

is pretty simple: one the first fork you have 2 choices - right and left; idem for the second one; 3 for the third one: right, left and central to the goal. 2*2*3=12

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28 Dec 2012, 01:52

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The diagram above shows the various paths along which a mouse can travel from point X, where it is released, to point Y, where it is rewarded with a food pellet. How many different paths from X to Y can the mouse take if it goes directly from X to Y without retracing any point along a path?

(A) 6 (B) 7 (C) 12 (D) 14 (E) 17

Technique here is to multiply the number of choices in every point of decision: \(2*2*3 = 12\)

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Why is it multiplied here ? Why can't we add all options ?

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Because of Principle of Multiplication: if one event can occur in m ways and a second can occur independently of the first in n ways, then the two events can occur in m*n ways.

For example, if you have two pairs of shoes, A and B, and two shirts, X and Y, then there will be 2*2 = 4 shoes-shirt combinations: AX; AY; BX; BY.

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