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This question is fairly high-concept, but the math behind it isn't too complex. You have to be organized and you have to remember that we're forming GROUPS of people, so 'duplicate entries' are not allowed.

From the prompt, we have 4 married couples, but we have to form a group of 3 without putting a married couple in the group. Let's work through the logic in pieces...

The 1st person in the group can be ANY of the 8 people. Once we pick one of those 8, then we CANNOT pick the married partner to that person...

For the 2nd person in the group, we now have 6 people to choose from. Once we pick one of those 6, then we CANNOT pick the married partner to that person...

For the 3rd person in the group, we now have 4 people to choose from.

We now multiply those three numbers together: (8)(6)(4) = 192

We're NOT done though. Remember that we're forming GROUPS of people, and the 192 options we've figured out so far contain LOTS of duplicates... If you have 3 people: A, B and C, then that is just ONE group. However, in the above approach, you can end up with that group in 6 different ways:

ABC ACB BAC BCA CAB CBA

Thus, every actual option has been counted 6 times, so we have to divide that total by 6...

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02 Mar 2018, 22:05

So this is how i arrived at the answer. I need expert advice as to if my method is correct ?? Now there are 4 couples and so there are 8 members AB CD EF GH So to form a team of 3 members without any condition there are 8c3 ways So the answer is 56 Now from this if we deduct the number if ways in which the married couple are included we get the combination without the couple included. So combination when married couple is included is there are 4 ways to select a married couple (Any 4 of the couples AB CD EF GH can be selected) and there is 6 ways to select the other remaining person (EX: If we select the couple AB then we can select CDEFG OR H ). therefore there are 6*4 ways = 24 ways 56-24=32 ways

A committee of 3 people is to be chosen from four married couples. What is the number of different committees that can be chosen if two people who are married to each other cannot both serve on the committee?

A. 16 B. 24 C. 26 D. 30 E. 32

Take the task of selecting the 3 committee members and break it into stages.

Stage 1: Select the 3 couples from which we will select 1 spouse each. There are 4 couples, and we must select 3 of them. Since the order in which we select the 3 couples does not matter, we can use COMBINATIONS We can select 3 couples from 4 couples in 4C3 ways (4 ways)

Stage 2: Take one of the 3 selected couples and choose 1 person to be on the committee. There are 2 people in the couple, so this stage can be accomplished in 2 ways.

Stage 3: Take one of the 3 selected couples and choose 1 person to be on the committee. There are 2 people in the couple, so this stage can be accomplished in 2 ways.

Stage 4: Take one of the 3 selected couples and choose 1 person to be on the committee. There are 2 people in the couple, so this stage can be accomplished in 2 ways.

By the Fundamental Counting Principle (FCP) we can complete all 4 stages (and thus create a 3-person committee) in (4)(2)(2)(2) ways (= 32 ways)

Answer = E

Note: the FCP can be used to solve the MAJORITY of counting questions on the GMAT. So, be sure to learn it.

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13 Mar 2018, 17:07

Four couples: AB CD EF GH 3 positions to fill

Total to be chosen is 8C3 = 56

If the first two people on the committee are A&B, then the 3rd can be any of the 6 remaining couples. If C&D are picked then the remaining people to choose from are 6. This continues for E&F and G&H.

6+6+6+6 = 24 unwanted events.

56-24 = 32

Answer E

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