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# 6 people meet for a business lunch. Each person shakes hands once with

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12 May 2016, 01:56
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6 people meet for a business lunch. Each person shakes hands once with each other person present. How many handshakes take place?

A. 30
B. 21
C. 18
D. 15
E. 10

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12 May 2016, 11:10
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Let's look at the logic.

Every person shakes hand with other '5'. So, 6 people shake hands with 6X5= 30 people

But in this 30 we have counted two times the total handshakes (A shakes hand with B and B shakes hand with A)

So just divide 30/2= 15 total handshakes
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12 May 2016, 21:16
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Its a combination problem :-

Out of 6 we just need 2 ..order doesn't matter

6c2 = 15

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12 May 2016, 08:07
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Bunuel wrote:
6 people meet for a business lunch. Each person shakes hands once with each other person present. How many handshakes take place?

A. 30
B. 21
C. 18
D. 15
E. 10

Hi
the formula to count handshakes is $$\frac{n(n-1)}{2}$$
Where n is the number of people

=> 6(6-1)/2 = 6*5/2 = 30/2 = 15

Here why:
if there are 2 people at the business lunch
=> the number of handshakes will be 1 (obviously)

people | handshakes
2 | 1
3 | 3
4 | 6
=> we can see

2 people = 1 handshakes
3 people = 2 + 1 handshakes
4 people = 3 + 2 +1 handshakes
5 people = 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 handshakes
6 people = 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 +1 handshakes

=> the formula will be $$\frac{n(n-1)}{2}$$
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