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A pod of 6 dolphins always swims single file, with 3 females

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A pod of 6 dolphins always swims single file, with 3 females at the front and 3 males in the rear. In how many different arrangements can the dolphins swim?

A. 20
B. 36
C. 40
D. 18
E. 54

Originally posted by sahil7389 on 24 Aug 2014, 03:17.
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A pod of 6 dolphins always swims single file, with 3 females at the front and 3 males in the rear. In how many different arrangements can the dolphins swim?

A. 20
B. 36
C. 40
D. 18
E. 54

3 females at the front can be arranged in 3! ways;
3 males at the rear can also be arranged in 3! ways.

To get the total number of arrangements multiply: total = 3!*3! = 36.

Answer: B.
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22 Sep 2016, 05:08
Bunuel wrote:
sahil7389 wrote:
A pod of 6 dolphins always swims single file, with 3 females at the front and 3 males in the rear. In how many different arrangements can the dolphins swim?

A. 20
B. 36
C. 40
D. 18
E. 54

3 females at the front can be arranged in 3! ways;
3 males at the rear can also be arranged in 3! ways.

To get the total number of arrangements multiply: total = 3!*3! = 36.

Answer: B.

Why isn't the 3! x 3! divided by 3! x 3!, given that the dolphins Male and Female are 'repeated'?
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12 Nov 2016, 06:32
sahil7389 wrote:
A pod of 6 dolphins always swims single file, with 3 females at the front and 3 males in the rear. In how many different arrangements can the dolphins swim?

A. 20
B. 36
C. 40
D. 18
E. 54

We are given that a pod of 6 dolphins always swims single file, with 3 females at the front and 3 males in the rear. Thus:

The number of ways to arrange the 3 female dolphins in the front is 3! = 3 x 2 x 1 = 6.

The number of ways to arrange the 3 male dolphins is in the rear is 3! = 3 x 2 x 1 = 6.

Thus, the number of ways to arrange all the dolphins is 6 x 6 = 36 ways.

Answer: B
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