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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

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Approach I thought is as follows...if some shorter method is possible please explain..

total selections = 8C3 = 56

let's say that couple is always present in this committee of three.

This means that there are 4 ways to select 2 people of the committee. ( 4 couples and any one couple can be selected in 4 ways)
The third person can be selected out of remaining 6 people in 6 ways.

Therefore when couple exists there are: 4X6 = 24 ways

Thus no couple = 8C3 - (4X6) = 32
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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

One of the approaches:

Each couple can send only one "representative" to the committee. Let's see in how many ways we can choose 3 couples (as there should be 3 members) out of 4 to send only one "representatives" to the committee: 4C3=4.

But each of these 3 couples can send two persons (husband or wife): 2*2*2=2^3=8.

Total # of ways: 4C3*2^3=32.

Answer: E.
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Hi everybody,
I want to solve this problem with some other method. But i am definately wrong somewhere in this method... i dont understand where.

i can choose first member of the comitee in 8 ways..
removing the spouse of the selected person second member can be chosen in 6 ways....
third member in 4 ways.....
so 8*6*4 which is not answer can someone explain why?

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amitjash wrote:
Hi everybody,
I want to solve this problem with some other method. But i am definately wrong somewhere in this method... i dont understand where.

i can choose first member of the comitee in 8 ways..
removing the spouse of the selected person second member can be chosen in 6 ways....
third member in 4 ways.....
so 8*6*4 which is not answer can someone explain why?

The way you are doing is wrong because 8*6*4=192 will contain duplication and to get rid of them you should divide this number by the factorial of the # of people - 3! --> 192/3!=32.

Consider this: there are two couples and we want to choose 2 people not married to each other.
Couples: $$A_1$$, $$A_2$$ and $$B_1$$, $$B_2$$. Committees possible:

$$A_1,B_1$$;
$$A_1,B_2$$;
$$A_2,B_1$$;
$$A_2,B_2$$.

Only 4 such committees are possible.

If we do the way you are doing we'll get: 4*2=8. And to get the right answer we should divide 8 by 2! --> 8/2!=4.

You can see the similar problem at:
committee-of-88772.html#p669797

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Bunuel wrote:

The way you are doing is wrong because 8*6*4=192 will contain duplication and to get rid of them you should divide this number by the factorial of the # of people - 3! --> 192/3!=32.

Thanks the two of you!

This is also the way I like to solve such questions and I believe it is way faster than any 10C3... and so on!

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So there are 3 people we need to choose from 8.

Case 1 : all 3 are men ... C(4,3)=4 ways
Case 2 : all 3 are women ... C(4,3)=4 ways
Case 3 : 2 men 1 woman ... Choose men in C(4,2) ways, then we can only choose the woman in 2 ways, since their wives can't be chosen .., hence 12x2=24 ways
Case 4 : 2 women 1 man ... Exactly same logic as case 3, 12 ways

Total ways = 4+4+12+12 = 32

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Since there are 4 couples so we have 8 people involved.

The First person can be selected from the 8 people in 8 ways
The second person should not be a spouse of the first and hence we have 6 ways to choose him/her
The Third person should not be a spouse of either of the 2, so we can choose him in 6 ways.

So the total no. of ways we can choose the people will be 8*6*4 ways.
However since order is not important (i.e A,B,C is the same as B,A,C) so we divide the total ways by 3!

Hence the total number of groups is 32
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4C3 = 4 (# of ways couples can be chosen)

=> total # of ways = 4 * 2 * 2 * 2 (2 options from each couple)

= 32

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devashish wrote:
Since there are 4 couples so we have 8 people involved.

The First person can be selected from the 8 people in 8 ways
The second person should not be a spouse of the first and hence we have 6 ways to choose him/her
The Third person should not be a spouse of either of the 2, so we can choose him in 6 ways.

So the total no. of ways we can choose the people will be 8*6*4 ways.
However since order is not important (i.e A,B,C is the same as B,A,C) so we divide the total ways by 3!

Hence the total number of groups is 32

Hey,

can you help me how you get the 3!. What does it stand for or what does this number say?

Thanks

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devashish wrote:
Since there are 4 couples so we have 8 people involved.

The First person can be selected from the 8 people in 8 ways
The second person should not be a spouse of the first and hence we have 6 ways to choose him/her
The Third person should not be a spouse of either of the 2, so we can choose him in 6 ways.

So the total no. of ways we can choose the people will be 8*6*4 ways.
However since order is not important (i.e A,B,C is the same as B,A,C) so we divide the total ways by 3!

Hence the total number of groups is 32

Hey,

can you help me how you get the 3!. What does it stand for or what does this number say?

Thanks

It seems that you need to brush up your fundamentals:

Factorial: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Factorial.html
Combinatorics: math-combinatorics-87345.html

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Person (p1 p2 p3 p4 p5 p6 p7 p8)
No of ways to choose 1st Person: Any 8
No of ways to choose 2nd Person: 6 (Pair of 1st person can not be considered so we need to exclude 1 pair)
No of ways to choose 3rd Person: 4 (Pair of 1st & 2nd Person can not be considered so we need to exclude 2 pair)
No of ways : 8X6X4 (Now we have done a permutation)
But here order of the team member is not important and 3 person can arrange themselves in 3! ways. So need to divide the permutation by 3!.
Ans: 8*6*4/3! = 32
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The method I used to avoid combinations

Line up the people: 12 34 56 78

Then we have something like this:
135
136
137
138
145
146
147
148

So for the "1's" we have 8 numbers. For "2" we will also have 8, and another 8 more for both "3" and "4".

8 * 4 = 32

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So there are 3 people we need to choose from 8.

Case 1 : all 3 are men ... C(4,3)=4 ways
Case 2 : all 3 are women ... C(4,3)=4 ways
Case 3 : 2 men 1 woman ... Choose men in C(4,2) ways, then we can only choose the woman in 2 ways, since their wives can't be chosen .., hence 12x2=24 ways
Case 4 : 2 women 1 man ... Exactly same logic as case 3, 12 ways

Total ways = 4+4+12+12 = 32

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not sure whether this is an easy way.. but i understood this quite well except the part marked in red.

is that like if 2 men has been already selected from 2 couples we are looking for women in two ways from other two couples.

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shrouded1 wrote:
So there are 3 people we need to choose from 8.

Case 1 : all 3 are men ... C(4,3)=4 ways
Case 2 : all 3 are women ... C(4,3)=4 ways
Case 3 : 2 men 1 woman ... Choose men in C(4,2) ways, then we can only choose the woman in 2 ways, since their wives can't be chosen .., hence 12x2=24 ways
Case 4 : 2 women 1 man ... Exactly same logic as case 3, 12 ways

Total ways = 4+4+12+12 = 32

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not sure whether this is an easy way.. but i understood this quite well except the part marked in red.

is that like if 2 men has been already selected from 2 couples we are looking for women in two ways from other two couples.

Exactly. If we choose 2 men out of 4, then the third person must be a woman from the remaining two couples: 4C2*2=6*2=12.

Hope it's clear.
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shrouded1 wrote:
So there are 3 people we need to choose from 8.

Case 1 : all 3 are men ... C(4,3)=4 ways
Case 2 : all 3 are women ... C(4,3)=4 ways
Case 3 : 2 men 1 woman ... Choose men in C(4,2) ways, then we can only choose the woman in 2 ways, since their wives can't be chosen .., hence 12x2=24 ways
Case 4 : 2 women 1 man ... Exactly same logic as case 3, 12 ways

Total ways = 4+4+12+12 = 32

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not sure whether this is an easy way.. but i understood this quite well except the part marked in red.

is that like if 2 men has been already selected from 2 couples we are looking for women in two ways from other two couples.

Exactly. If we choose 2 men out of 4, then the third person must be a woman from the remaining two couples: 4C2*2=6*2=12.

Hope it's clear.

4C2*2=6*2=12. ??? (4*3*2*1)/(2*1) = 12 but you have mentioned as 6.. is something I am missing here.

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4C2*2=6*2=12. ??? (4*3*2*1)/(2*1) = 12 but you have mentioned as 6.. is something I am missing here.

$$C^2_4=\frac{4!}{2!2!}=6$$.
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is this a correct way to get the answer? or was it just coincidence:

8C3 - 4(4C2) = 56 - 4(6) = 32

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is this a correct way to get the answer? or was it just coincidence:

8C3 - 4(4C2) = 56 - 4(6) = 32

It's not clear what is the logic behind the formula.

Reversed approach would be:
There are 8C3=56 ways to select 3 people out of 8 without any restriction;
There are 4C1*6=24 ways there to be a couple among 3 members: 4C1 ways to select a couple out of 4, which will be in the committee and 6 ways to select the third remaining member (since there will be 6 members left after we select a couple out of 8 people).

56-24=32.

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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

How many ways to select 3 represented couples from 4 couples? 4!/3!1! = 4
How many ways to select a person from a pair? 2
$$=4 * 2 * 2 * 2 = 32$$

Answer: E

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I solved it using this method, hope I'm using the correct concept

total 4 couples = 8 people in total
total no of ways to choose 3 people out of 8 = 8!/(5!3!) = 56
No. of ways couples are included in the com = 4! = 24
Therefore no. of couples with no couples included = 56-24 = 32.

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