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Two members of a club are to be selected to represent the club at a national meeting. if there are 190 different possible selections of the 2 members, how many members does the club have?

A. 20
B. 27
C. 40
D. 57
E. 95

I know I can just plug in answer choices in to the formula n!/(n-r)!*r!=190

n=20

but I saw a explanation on this problem where they showed this step

n!/(n-2)! = n(n-1)

How is this step possible ?
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arnijon90 wrote:
Two members of a club are to be selected to represent the club at a national meeting. if there are 190 different possible selections of the 2 members, how many members does the club have?

A. 20
B. 27
C. 40
D. 57
E. 95

I know I can just plug in answer choices in to the formula n!/(n-r)!*r!=190

n=20

but I saw a explanation on this problem where they showed this step

n!/(n-2)! = n(n-1)

How is this step possible ?

$$C^2_n=190$$ --> $$\frac{n!}{2!*(n-2)!}=190$$. Now, notice that $$n!=(n-2)!*(n-1)*n$$, so $$\frac{(n-2)!*(n-1)*n}{2!*(n-2)!}=190$$ --> $$\frac{(n-1)*n}{2}=190$$ --> $$(n-1)n=380$$ --> $$n=20$$.

P.S. Please always post answer choices for PS questions. On the PS section one should always look at the answer choices before starts to solve a problem. They might often give a clue on how to approach the question.
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I have done this problem by substituting numbers

We have n!/2!(n-2)! = 190

or n(n-1)/2 = 190

n=20 satisfies the equation

arnijon90 wrote:
Two members of a club are to be selected to represent the club at a national meeting. if there are 190 different possible selections of the 2 members, how many members does the club have?

A. 20
B. 27
C. 40
D. 57
E. 95

I know I can just plug in answer choices in to the formula n!/(n-r)!*r!=190

n=20

but I saw a explanation on this problem where they showed this step

n!/(n-2)! = n(n-1)

How is this step possible ?
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