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A certain company assigns employees to offices in such a way

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A certain company assigns employees to offices in such a way that some of the offices can be empty and more than one employee can be assigned to an office. In how many ways can the company assign 3 employees to 2 different offices?

A. 5
B. 6
C. 7
D. 8
E. 9

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for each employee there are two possibilities: first office and second office.
Therefore,
N=2^3=8
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10 Jan 2008, 00:28
JCLEONES wrote:
A certain company assigns employees to offices in such a way that some of the offices
can be empty and more than one employee can be assigned to an office. In how many
ways can the company assign 3 employees to 2 different offices?
A. 5
B. 6
C. 7
D. 8
E. 9

We can have XXX 0 or 0 XXX XX X X XX

Essentially what that means is we have 2 possibilities where all 3 are in one room. and 6 possibilities 2(3!/2!) where 2 are in a room and one is in a room.

so 8

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JCLEONES wrote:
A certain company assigns employees to offices in such a way that some of the offices
can be empty and more than one employee can be assigned to an office. In how many
ways can the company assign 3 employees to 2 different offices?
A. 5
B. 6
C. 7
D. 8
E. 9

Say ABC are employees.
ABC 0
0 ABC
AB C
BC A
CA B
A BC
B CA
C AB

8 WAYS.
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25 Aug 2008, 10:26
JCLEONES wrote:
A certain company assigns employees to offices in such a way that some of the offices
can be empty and more than one employee can be assigned to an office. In how many
ways can the company assign 3 employees to 2 different offices?
A. 5
B. 6
C. 7
D. 8
E. 9

2*2*2 = 8 ways

OR

3C3 *2 + 3C1*2C2*2 = 2 + 6 = 8

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walker wrote:
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for each employee there are two possibilities: first office and second office.
Therefore,
N=2^3=8

For each ball there are 2 options. We have 3 balls, therefore, P=2*2*2=8
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28 Aug 2008, 01:17
walker wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
walker wrote:
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for each employee there are two possibilities: first office and second office.
Therefore,
N=2^3=8

For each ball there are 2 options. We have 3 balls, therefore, P=2*2*2=8

so if it was 3 employees and four rooms would it be simply be

4 * 4 * 4?

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27 Sep 2009, 10:36
A certain company assigns employees to offices in such a way that some of the offices
can be empty and more than one employee can be assigned to an office. In how many
ways can the company assign 3 employees to 2 different offices?
A. 5
B. 6
C. 7
D. 8
E. 9

Ans. Each employee can go into any of the two offices. Thus we have
=> 2 * 2 * 2 = 8

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09 Aug 2010, 17:24
mainhoon wrote:
How does this answer change if no office can be empty?

In that case it would be twice of $$3C2$$

$$=> 3*2 = 6$$
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26 Feb 2012, 17:13
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3C3 <-- number of ways 3 employees can be chosen for office 1
+ 3C2 <-- number of ways 2 employee can be chosen for office 1
+ 3C1 <-- number of ways 1 employee can be chosen for office 1
+ 3C0 <-- number of ways 0 employees can be chosen for office 1
= 1 + 3 + 3 + 1
= 8
D.

But, I do like walker's technique a lot better.
Per walkers' solution, if there were 4 employees and 3 offices (as one of the posts points out), then the solution would be 4^3? Seem right?

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26 Feb 2012, 17:29
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3C3 <-- number of ways 3 employees can be chosen for office 1
+ 3C2 <-- number of ways 2 employee can be chosen for office 1
+ 3C1 <-- number of ways 1 employee can be chosen for office 1
+ 3C0 <-- number of ways 0 employees can be chosen for office 1
= 1 + 3 + 3 + 1
= 8
D.

But, I do like walker's technique a lot better.
Per walkers' solution, if there were 4 employees and 3 offices (as one of the posts points out), then the solution would be 4^3? Seem right?

Open discussion of this question is here: a-certain-company-assigns-employees-to-offices-in-such-a-way-88936.html
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