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18 May 2014, 22:10
NGGMAT wrote: and when would it be 6*6*6??
Let me add my thought too here: When order matters, essentially you are saying that the dice are distinct, say of three different colors. So a 2 on the red die and 1 on the others is different from 2 on the yellow one with 1 on the other two. When order doesn't matter, it implies that the dice are identical. If you have three identical dice and you throw them, a 2, 1, 1 is the same no matter which die gives you 2 because you cannot tell them apart.
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eshan429 wrote: How many different combinations of outcomes can you make by rolling three standard (6sided) dice if the order of the dice does not matter?
(A) 24 (B) 30 (C) 56 (D) 120 (E) 216 1) All dice have the same number: you have \(6\) possibilities. 2) 2 dice have the same number, but the 3rd is different: you have \(6*5 = 30\) 3) 3 dice are all different: you have \(6*5*4/3! = 20\). Because the question says the order does not matter, you have to divide it by 3!. so totally you have 56. Hence C.
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nitinneha wrote: Could someone explain please what is meant by" order doesn't matter" here? So that means that having a different order, doesn't make it a different combination. For example, 1,2,3 OR 3,2,1 OR 2,1,3 all only count as 1 combination
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Some further explanation on my answer above:
Case (2) is different from case (3). In case 2, e.g. 5, (6, 6) and 6, (5, 5) are different.
However, in case (3), e.g. 2, 3, 4, and 4, 2, 3 are the same.
So, in case 2, you don't divide it by 2!, but in case (3), you divide it by 3!. Case (2) is more of a permutation on itself.
Can somebody please explain ..why we didnt divide Case (2) by 2!..because it will also show repititions like Case (3). I cant understand the explanation given above



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Thought about this for a while and this is what I understand by "order doesn't matter"
1. There are 6*5*4 = 120 combinations possible.
2. For a 3 digit number with unique digits if the "Order matters" the 654 645 546 564 456 465 = 6 combinations are possible Order doesn't matter: You have just one combination.
So for 120 combinations if the order doesn't matter 120/6 = 20.
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Bunuel wrote: rohitgoel15 wrote: mm007 wrote: How many different combinations of outcomes can you make by rolling three standard (6sided) dice if the order of the dice does not matter?
(A) 24 (B) 30 (C) 56 (D) 120 (E) 216 The only way I can see this is 6*6*6  6 (same outcomes) ... Can anyone explain? If the order of the dice does not matter then we can have 3 cases: 1. XXX  all dice show alike numbers: 6 outcomes (111, 222, ..., 666); 2. XXY  two dice show alike numbers and third is different: \(6*5=30\), 6 choices for X and 5 choices for Y; 3. XYZ  all three dice show distinct numbers: \(C^3_6=20\), selecting three different numbers from 6; Total: 6+30+20=56. Answer: C. Hi Can I get any link which make me easy to understand this topic boz I m very much confused. Kindly help me combination and selection are very confusing topics. Thx Sent from my A1601 using GMAT Club Forum mobile app



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Bunuel wrote: rohitgoel15 wrote: mm007 wrote: How many different combinations of outcomes can you make by rolling three standard (6sided) dice if the order of the dice does not matter?
(A) 24 (B) 30 (C) 56 (D) 120 (E) 216 The only way I can see this is 6*6*6  6 (same outcomes) ... Can anyone explain? If the order of the dice does not matter then we can have 3 cases: 1. XXX  all dice show alike numbers: 6 outcomes (111, 222, ..., 666); 2. XXY  two dice show alike numbers and third is different: \(6*5=30\), 6 choices for X and 5 choices for Y; 3. XYZ  all three dice show distinct numbers: \(C^3_6=20\), selecting three different numbers from 6; Total: 6+30+20=56. Answer: C. Hi Bunuel, Shouldn't the question stem be edited to "no. of 3digit Combinations possible from three dice rolls" instead of just stating "different combinations possible from three dice rolls"? Regards. Posted from my mobile device



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mm007 wrote: How many different combinations of outcomes can you make by rolling three standard (6sided) dice if the order of the dice does not matter?
(A) 24 (B) 30 (C) 56 (D) 120 (E) 216 When we roll 3 dice, we could have the following 3 cases: 1) 3 of the same numbers 2) 2 of the same numbers and 1 different number 3) all 3 different numbers Let’s analyze each of these cases. 1) 3 of the same numbers If all 3 numbers are the same, they can only be (1, 1, 1), (2, 2, 2), ... , (6, 6, 6). Thus, there are 6 outcomes in this case. 2) 2 of the same numbers and 1 different number If 2 numbers are the same and the third one is different, they could be, for example, two 1s and one of the 5 other numbers. However, we can replace the two 1s with any of the 5 numbers. In other words, we have 6 choices for the 2 numbers that are the same and 5 choices for the number that is different. Thus, there are 6 x 5 = 30 outcomes in this case. 3) all 3 different numbers Since we are picking 3 numbers from 6 in which order doesn’t matter, there are 6C3 = 6!/[3!(63)!] = (6 x 5 x 4)/3! = (6 x 5 x 4)/6 = 20 outcomes in this case. Therefore, there are 6 + 30 + 20 = 56 outcomes in total. Answer: C
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mm007 wrote: How many different combinations of outcomes can you make by rolling three standard (6sided) dice if the order of the dice does not matter?
(A) 24 (B) 30 (C) 56 (D) 120 (E) 216 When order is important we have say, 112 different from 121 or 211. If order is not important all three are counted as 1 outcome. Now, all the three digits may be different, 2 digits may be the same and 1 different or all the three same. In the first case, there are 6C3 = 20 combinations, in the second case 6*5=30 combinations and in the third case 6 combinations for a total of 56 combinations.
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Bunuel, do you think it is a good idea to struggle through some of these types of problems in our heads (without paper and pencil) in order to develop better math intuition? Maybe when we are falling asleep or something? I think some of these problems require number sense awareness of patterns that nonmath experts like me haven't noticed. If we can get better at intuitively understanding some of the patterns, then maybe we won't make silly mistakes? This is especially true if we have to solve these problems in under 2 minutes. Then we can get even faster at solving problems on paper? Thank you!



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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote: NGGMAT wrote: and when would it be 6*6*6??
Let me add my thought too here: When order matters, essentially you are saying that the dice are distinct, say of three different colors. So a 2 on the red die and 1 on the others is different from 2 on the yellow one with 1 on the other two. When order doesn't matter, it implies that the dice are identical. If you have three identical dice and you throw them, a 2, 1, 1 is the same no matter which die gives you 2 because you cannot tell them apart. But why do we not divide 6*5 by 2?
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dannythor6911 wrote: VeritasPrepKarishma wrote: NGGMAT wrote: and when would it be 6*6*6??
Let me add my thought too here: When order matters, essentially you are saying that the dice are distinct, say of three different colors. So a 2 on the red die and 1 on the others is different from 2 on the yellow one with 1 on the other two. When order doesn't matter, it implies that the dice are identical. If you have three identical dice and you throw them, a 2, 1, 1 is the same no matter which die gives you 2 because you cannot tell them apart. But why do we not divide 6*5 by 2? Because it is given that the order DOES NOT matter. When we arrange XYY in 3! ways and divide by 2, it is because when counting 3!, we have assumed that the two Ys are distinct so XY1Y2 and XY2Y1 are 2 different arrangements (Y1 is second position and Y2 on third as against Y2 on second position and Y1 on third). But actually there is only one arrangement XYY. So the number of arrangements becomes half. Here there is no arrangement since the 3 places __ __ __ are not distinct. Think that the 3 dice are completely identical. So you don't have a firstsecondthird position.
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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote: NGGMAT wrote: and when would it be 6*6*6??
Let me add my thought too here: When order matters, essentially you are saying that the dice are distinct, say of three different colors. So a 2 on the red die and 1 on the others is different from 2 on the yellow one with 1 on the other two. When order doesn't matter, it implies that the dice are identical. If you have three identical dice and you throw them, a 2, 1, 1 is the same no matter which die gives you 2 because you cannot tell them apart. I understand why you divide 6x5x4 by 3!. But why wouldn't for the same reason you divide 6x5 by 2! for the same reason?
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Bunuel wrote: rohitgoel15 wrote: mm007 wrote: How many different combinations of outcomes can you make by rolling three standard (6sided) dice if the order of the dice does not matter?
(A) 24 (B) 30 (C) 56 (D) 120 (E) 216 The only way I can see this is 6*6*6  6 (same outcomes) ... Can anyone explain? If the order of the dice does not matter then we can have 3 cases: 1. XXX  all dice show alike numbers: 6 outcomes (111, 222, ..., 666); 2. XXY  two dice show alike numbers and third is different: \(6*5=30\), 6 choices for X and 5 choices for Y; 3. XYZ  all three dice show distinct numbers: \(C^3_6=20\), selecting three different numbers from 6; Total: 6+30+20=56. Answer: C. Is there some way to solve from the total if the order matters?



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Mco100 wrote: Is there some way to solve from the total if the order matters? If the order matters i.e. the dice are distinct, there are 6 possible outcomes for each die. The total number of possible outcomes is then simply 6*6*6 = 216
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