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Everyone shakes hands with everyone else in a room. Total number of handshakes is 66. Number of persons=?

a. 14
b. 12
c. 11
d. 15
e. 16
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New post 12 Oct 2010, 22:06
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Everyone shakes hands with everyone else in a room. Total number of handshakes is 66. Number of persons=?

a.14
b.12
c.11
d.15
e.16


In a room of n people, the number of possible handshakes is C(n,2) or n(n-1)/2

So n(n-1)/2 = 66 OR n(n-1)=132 OR n=12

Answer is (b)
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can you please explain why are we using n(n-1)/2, m not able to grab the concept.

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Number of handshakes will be the number of ways to choose 2 people out of n people. For every choice of two people, there is a handshake.

This number is C(n,2) = \(\frac{n!}{(n-2)!2!}\)
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