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Tracy is playing with a set of building blocks. She has three identical black blocks and five identical white blocks. How many different ways are there to stack all eight blocks on top of one another so that no two black blocks are touching?

a) 10
b) 15
c) 20
d) 30
e) 60

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02 Oct 2011, 15:59

Explanation - 5 white identical White blocks and 3 identical Black blocks neest o be arranged.
for "no two black blocks to touch", 3 Black blocks have 6 places to occupy because 5 of White blocks (alternate positions).

Hence, arrangement = 6P3 = 20.
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Re: White & Black Blocks   [#permalink] 02 Oct 2011, 15:59
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