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# A school has 3 classes, math class has 14 students

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A school has 3 classes, math class has 14 students. English class has 10 students, PE class has 11 students. There are 20 students taking only one class, 3 students are taking all three classes. How many students are taking two classes?

A) 3
B) 6
C) 9
D) 18
E)20

could any one show me the solution using 3 overlapping groups formula .

T = A + B + C - (AB + AC + BC) - 2(ABC) ... I am getting a wrong answer

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The right formula is:

P(A u B u C) : P(A) + P(B) + P(C) – P(A n B) – P(A n C) – P(B n C) + P(A n B n C)
formulae-for-3-overlapping-sets-69014.html

Here I would use those:
2. To determine the No of persons in exactly one set : P(A) + P(B) + P(C) – 2P(A n B) – 2P(A n C) – 2P(B n C) + 3P(A n B n C)
$$x$$=number in 2 classes or P(A n B) + P(A n C) + P(B n C)
$$20=14+10+11-2x+9*3$$
$$x=12$$
3. To determine the No of persons in exactly two of the sets : P(A n B) + P(A n C) + P(B n C) – 3P(A n B n C)
Answer $$=x-3*3$$
$$12-9=3$$
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This could be solved easier:

(1) There are 14+10+11 = 35 seats to fill (some students occupy only 1 seat, others 2, others 3).

(2) 20 students occupy only 1 seat: 35-20 = 15... now we have 15 seats to fill

(3) 3 students occupy 3 seats: 15-9 = 6 seats left

(4) We have 6 seats for students that occupy 2 seats ---> solution is 3 students!!

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A school has 3 classes, math class has 14 students. English class has 10 students, PE class has 11 students. There are 20 students taking only one class, 3 students are taking all three classes. How many students are taking two classes?

A) 3
B) 6
C) 9
D) 18
E)20

could any one show me the solution using 3 overlapping groups formula .

T = A + B + C - (AB + AC + BC) - 2(ABC) ... I am getting a wrong answer

thanks !

T = 14 + 10 + 11 - 2[P(A U B) + P(A U C) + P(C U B)] + 3P(A U B U C)
Let the sum of students attending 2 classes be Y

T = 35 - 2Y + 9 = 44 - 2Y ------- I

Also,
T = 20 + Y + 3
T = 23 + Y --------- II

Comparing I & II we get Y = 3
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A school has 3 classes, math class has 14 students. English class has 10 students, PE class has 11 students. There are 20 students taking only one class, 3 students are taking all three classes. How many students are taking two classes?

A) 3
B) 6
C) 9
D) 18
E)20

could any one show me the solution using 3 overlapping groups formula .

T = A + B + C - (AB + AC + BC) - 2(ABC) ... I am getting a wrong answer

thanks !

Hi guerrero25,

There are 2 forumulaes
T = A+B+C - (Sum of 2 groups) + ( Sum of all three groups) + Neither

and T = A+B+C - (Sum of exactly 2 groups) - 2( sum of all three groups) + Neither

In this Q, Neither = 0

T = 14+10+11

35= 14+10+11 - x + 3 +0
x =3

Note the 2nd Forumlae will be applied when we are asked about exactly 2 classes where as 1st formulae will be applied for group attending 2 classes.
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If we put up a Venn diagram of the situation, we get something like this :
Attachment:

venn.jpg [ 55.63 KiB | Viewed 2890 times ]

With :

A : the number of students only attending math class ;
B : the number of students only attending english class ;
C : the number of students only attending PE class ;
x : the number of students attending both math and english ;
y : the number of students attending both math and PE ;
z : the number of students attending both english and PE.

If we use the data we're given, we get the following system :

14 students attend math classes => $$x + y + 3 + A = 14$$ (1)
10 students attend english classes => $$x + z + 3 + B = 10$$ (2)
11 students attend PE classes =>$$y + z + 3 + C = 11$$ (3)

We also know that there are only 20 students attending only one class, which means that : $$A + B + C = 20$$ (4)

If we add equations (1), (2) and (3) and take into account equation (4) we get : $$2*(x + y + z) + 9 + 20 =35$$

The quantity $$(x + y + z)$$ represents the total number of students attending 2 classes, which is what we're looking for. So completing the computation, we get :
$$2*(x + y + z) + 9 + 20 =35$$ => $$2*(x + y + z) = 6$$ => $$(x + y + z) = 3$$ which is answer choice A.

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guerrero25 wrote:
A school has 3 classes, math class has 14 students. English class has 10 students, PE class has 11 students. There are 20 students taking only one class, 3 students are taking all three classes. How many students are taking two classes?

A) 3
B) 6
C) 9
D) 18
E)20

could any one show me the solution using 3 overlapping groups formula .

T = A + B + C - (AB + AC + BC) - 2(ABC) ... I am getting a wrong answer

thanks !

Hi guerrero25,

There are 2 forumulaes
T = A+B+C - (Sum of 2 groups) + ( Sum of all three groups) + Neither

and T = A+B+C - (Sum of exactly 2 groups) - 2( sum of all three groups) + Neither

In this Q, Neither = 0

T = 14+10+11

35= 14+10+11 - x + 3 +0
x =3

Note the 2nd Forumlae will be applied when we are asked about exactly 2 classes where as 1st formulae will be applied for group attending 2 classes.

Hello Mridul ,Thanks for the explanation . Could you elaborate more when you say "Note the 2nd Forumlae will be applied when we are asked about exactly 2 classes where as 1st formulae will be applied for group attending 2 classes"..I could not understand the difference .

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mridulparashar1 wrote:

Hi guerrero25,

There are 2 forumulaes
T = A+B+C - (Sum of 2 groups) + ( Sum of all three groups) + Neither

and T = A+B+C - (Sum of exactly 2 groups) - 2( sum of all three groups) + Neither

In this Q, Neither = 0

T = 14+10+11

35= 14+10+11 - x + 3 +0
x =3

Note the 2nd Forumlae will be applied when we are asked about exactly 2 classes where as 1st formulae will be applied for group attending 2 classes.

Hello Mridul ,Thanks for the explanation . Could you elaborate more when you say "Note the 2nd Forumlae will be applied when we are asked about exactly 2 classes where as 1st formulae will be applied for group attending 2 classes"..I could not understand the difference .

thanks again !

To understand the two different formulas, look at the diagram given here:
Attachment:

SetsThree_1_23Sept.jpg [ 20.19 KiB | Viewed 2787 times ]

A - No of people in set A = a + d + e + g
B - No of people in set B = b + d + g + f
C - No of people in set C = c + e + g + f

Notice that Total = a + b+ c + d + e + f + g
But depending on the given data, we often don't have values for a, b, c etc separately. When the question says, Math class has 14 students, it means a + d + e + g = 14. Similarly, if English class has 10 students, it means b + d + g + f = 10 and so on...
So we need to subtract the things we have counted twice/thrice. Note that if we write 14 + 10, we have already counted d and g twice here.

When we add A + B, we have counted (d +g) twice so we need to subtract it out once.
When we add C to it as well, we have counted (e + g) and (f + g) twice too so we need to subtract them out as well.
But when we do this, we have subtracted the g region 3 times and hence, it's not accounted for now. So we add it back.
This is how you get
T = A+B+C - (Sum of 2 groups) + ( Sum of all three groups) + Neither

On the other hand,
If after adding A + B + C, you subtract the region which is common to ONLY two sets i.e. d, e and f, then you still need to subtract the g region twice since it is present in A, B and C.
That is how you get the formula:
T = A+B+C - (Sum of ONLY 2 groups) - 2*( Sum of all three groups) + Neither

The formula to use depends on what data is given in the question.

To avoid confusion, it is a good idea to use venn diagrams instead.
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Yup I agree with Transcendentalist. The question asks how many students take 2 classes. Those 3 people who take 3 classes ALSO take two classes. Hence 6 seems correct choice.
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A school has 3 classes, math class has 14 students. English class has 10 students, PE class has 11 students. There are 20 students taking only one class, 3 students are taking all three classes. How many students are taking two classes?

A) 3
B) 6
C) 9
D) 18
E)20

could any one show me the solution using 3 overlapping groups formula .

T = A + B + C - (AB + AC + BC) - 2(ABC) ... I am getting a wrong answer

thanks !

Here we have to find (AB + AC + BC), and given (A + B + C) = 20, (ABC) =3

so we use formula
Sum of individual Total of A , B and C = (A + B + C) +2(AB + AC + BC) +3(ABC)

=> 14 + 10 + 11 = 20 + 2(AB + AC + BC) +3(3)

=> (AB + AC + BC) = 3 Answer

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