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A mother bird has 6 babies. Everytime she returns to the nest, she feeds half the babies, even if some of those babies were fed the last time around. If it takes her 5 minutes to feed each baby, how long will it take her to feed all the possible combinations of three babies?

A 5 hours B 6 hours C 8 hours D 2 hours E 12 hours

ANS A bird can feed 3 out of 6 so,combinations= 6C3=20 5 minutes to feed each baby so 15 minutes to feed a combination....=15*20=300minutes. =5hours

Can someone please explain me the explanation...

Procedure i followed is as there are 3 bird combinations,order doesnt matter and also the repititons are allowed- the formula is (n+r-1)!/r!(n-1)! which gives a different ans

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14 Sep 2010, 11:44

saxenashobhit ,

",even if some of those babies were fed the last time around" what does that mean..im really sorry for the silly question,but im not able to understand it...please explain...

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14 Sep 2010, 14:29

harithakishore wrote:

saxenashobhit ,

",even if some of those babies were fed the last time around" what does that mean..im really sorry for the silly question,but im not able to understand it...please explain...

It says everytime mother bird goes to nest to feed the babies, last turns choice don't impact current turn. Which makes each turn independent.

Conditional problems need to be handled differently.
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in 6C3 ways we can select 3 birds out of 6 birds. Note that selecting a bird in multiple 3 member group os allowed as her mother can feed it multiple times.

Hence 6C3 = 20 groups, ecah group with 3 members, Hence total 20*3 = 60 birds selected --> means one bird is selected for 10 times.

5 mins to feed one bird --> 60*5 mins to feed 60 birds (i.e. 20 groups) = 300mins = 5 hours

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