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A university needs to select a nine-number committee on extracurricular life, whose members must belong to the student government or to the student advisory board. If the student government consists of 10 members, the students advisory board consists of 8 members, and 6 students hold membership in both organizations, how many different committees are possible?

A university needs to select a nine-number committee on extracurricular life, whose members must belong to the student government or to the student advisory board. If the student government consists of 10 members, the students advisory board consists of 8 members, and 6 students hold membership in both organizations, how many different committees are possible?

72 110 220 720 1096

I think it is C

We have to find how many students we can choose from

10+8-6=12

We have nine places to locate them 12C9=12!/9!3!=220

We have to find out how big our pool of choices is, in this case it's 12 people (10+8-6=12).

Now we know we have 12 eligible people to choose from, since order doesn't matter in our committee we need to find how many combinations of 9 people there are in our group of 12.

We have to find out how big our pool of choices is, in this case it's 12 people (10+8-6=12).

Now we know we have 12 eligible people to choose from, since order doesn't matter in our committee we need to find how many combinations of 9 people there are in our group of 12.

We have to find out how big our pool of choices is, in this case it's 12 people (10+8-6=12).

Now we know we have 12 eligible people to choose from, since order doesn't matter in our committee we need to find how many combinations of 9 people there are in our group of 12.

12C9 = 220

Answer C

It is my first right answer in combs and perms;)

The first of many I'm sure! Once you begin to understand the logic behind combs, perms and probability they almost become easier than most other problems. Like with most things on the GMAT, practice, practice, practice is key.

A university needs to select a nine-number committee on extracurricular life, whose members must belong to the student government or to the student advisory board. If the student government consists of 10 members, the students advisory board consists of 8 members, and 6 students hold membership in both organizations, how many different committees are possible?

72 110 220 720 1096

I believe we should treat this as a double matrix at first or venn b/c we have some overlap of members here.