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The Simplastic language has only 2 unique values and 3 unique consonants. Every noun in Simplastic has the structure CVCVC, where C stands for a consonant and V stands for a vowel. How many different nouns are possible in Simplastic?

The Simplastic language has only 2 unique values and 3 unique consonants. Every noun in Simplastic has the structure CVCVC, where C stands for a consonant and V stands for a vowel. How many different nouns are possible in Simplastic?

a.9 b.12 c.36 d.72 e.108

mmcooley33 wrote:

The answer is E because order does not matter making the combination 3*2*3*2*3?

The nouns have fixed structure C-V-C-V-C. Now, each C can take 3 values (let's say X, Y or Z) and each V can take 2 values (let's say A or E), so there will be 3*2*3*2*3=108 nouns possible.

Answer: E.

It's basically the same if it were how many different 5-digit numbers are possible with the following structure odd-even-odd-even-odd, where odd numbers can be only 1, 3 or 5 and even numbers only 2 and 4.

adhithya wrote:

108 is the answer if we assume that repetition is allowed, but how do we know whether repn is allowed or not if question doesnt mention anything

It's natural to think that a noun can have for example two same vowels (X-A-Y-A-Z) or 3 same consonants (X-A-X-A-X), so if this was not the case then this would be explicitly mentioned. _________________

bunuel, what concept is this testing? I seem to not get the 3*2*3*2*3 aspect of your solution.

Consider simpler case, 2-letter code Consonant-Vowel, where we can use only B, C or D for a consonant (3 options) and only A or E for a vowel (2 options). How many codes are possible?

BA; BE; CA; CE; DA; DE.

So, total of 6 codes, 3*2=6, are possible. This is called 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 \(mn\) ways.

Now, the above is just expanded to CVCVC structure in the original question.

The Simplastic language has only 2 unique values and 3 unique consonants. Every noun in Simplastic has the structure CVCVC, where C stands for a consonant and V stands for a vowel. How many different nouns are possible in Simplastic?

a.9 b.12 c.36 d.72 e.108

mmcooley33 wrote:

The answer is E because order does not matter making the combination 3*2*3*2*3?

The nouns have fixed structure C-V-C-V-C. Now, each C can take 3 values (let's say X, Y or Z) and each V can take 2 values (let's say A or E), so there will be 3*2*3*2*3=108 nouns possible.

Answer: E.

It's basically the same if it were how many different 5-digit numbers are possible with the following structure odd-even-odd-even-odd, where odd numbers can be only 1, 3 or 5 and even numbers only 2 and 4.

adhithya wrote:

108 is the answer if we assume that repetition is allowed, but how do we know whether repn is allowed or not if question doesnt mention anything

It's natural to think that a noun can have for example two same vowels (X-A-Y-A-Z) or 3 same consonants (X-A-X-A-X), so if this was not the case then this would be explicitly mentioned.

Great questions, at one point when this situation will arise, wouldn't we divide it by -

My approach was as follows: 2 values and 3 constants can be counted as 2! * 3! = 12. I treated it as a counting problem with repeated values, why is this wrong? _________________

The Simplastic language has only 2 unique values and 3 unique consonants. Every noun in Simplastic has the structure CVCVC, where C stands for a consonant and V stands for a vowel. How many different nouns are possible in Simplastic? A)9 B)12 C)36 D)72 E)108

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26 May 2015, 19:59

Hi, do we need to account for the restriction that impose by the structure as C-V-C-V-C? as one V need to follow a C and we cant do C-C-C-V-V? I am confused here..

And on top of it, when is it good to use the formula of combination and when we just use the method applied in this question ( like a number lock), thought believe that its the same concept?

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katzzzz wrote:

Hi, do we need to account for the restriction that impose by the structure as C-V-C-V-C? as one V need to follow a C and we cant do C-C-C-V-V? I am confused here..

And on top of it, when is it good to use the formula of combination and when we just use the method applied in this question ( like a number lock), thought believe that its the same concept?

Thank you..

We are accounting for it by calculating only the number of ways of writing CVCVC. So the other arrangements of 3Cs and 2Vs are ignored. You can write the first C in 3 ways. You can write the next letter V in 2 ways. The next letter is again C for which we again have 3 options (note that repetition of letters is not a problem) The next letter V can be chosen in 2 ways. The last letter C can be chosen in 3 ways again. This gives us 3*2*3*2*3 = 108 ways.

You use the combination formula only when you have to select a few things out of many things. Here, no selection is required. Say, if there were 10 consonants and we had to make the nouns using 3 DISTINCT consonants, then we would have SELECTED 3 of the 10 (in 10C3 ways) and then arranged them in 3 places in 3! ways. The method used in this question is the basic counting principle. It is used when you have distinct places for things. I suggest you to check out these posts: http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2011/10 ... inatorics/ http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2011/11 ... binations/ _________________

Re: The Simplastic language has only 2 unique values and 3 [#permalink]

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27 May 2015, 05:07

thank you! it really helps! for special seating arrangement ( A must proceed by B), guess we use the same approach here rather than the formula as we don't have to choose something from a group?

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katzzzz wrote:

thank you! it really helps! for special seating arrangement ( A must proceed by B), guess we use the same approach here rather than the formula as we don't have to choose something from a group?

Yes, you use this concept for arrangements. Here is how you solve linear arrangements with constraints:

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