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How many people bought TVs at the Electronics Depot?

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How many people bought TVs at the Electronics Depot?

(1) One out of every six Electronics Depot customers bought a TV.
(2) If four Electronics Depot customers are chosen at random there are 126 different groups of people that could be chosen.

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28 Sep 2017, 23:13
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Statement 1) 1 in 6 bought a TV. We don't know how many customers so NOT SUFFICIENT.

Statement 2) Picking 4 people for a group out of a certain number of people would result in 126 combinations. Let's say there are K customers. K!/4!*(K-1)!=126. Deducing this gives us K=9. So we know number of Customers but we do not know how many bought TV.

Statement 1) Gives ratio of number of people who bought TV to Customers and Statement 2) Gives the number of customers.

So C, Both required but neither alone sufficient.
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01 Feb 2019, 04:37
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[quote="rajudantuluri"]

Statement 2) Picking 4 people for a group out of a certain number of people would result in 126 combinations. Let's say there are K customers. K!/4!*(K-1)!=126. Deducing this gives us K=9. So we know number of Customers but we do not know how many bought TV.

Are you sure about the formula you used to solve Statement 2? shouldn't it be K!/4!*(K-4)!=126??
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01 Feb 2019, 06:21
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Bunuel wrote:
How many people bought TVs at the Electronics Depot?

(1) One out of every six Electronics Depot customers bought a TV.
(2) If four Electronics Depot customers are chosen at random there are 126 different groups of people that could be chosen.

$$? = P\,\,\,\,\left( {{\rm{\# }}\,\,{\rm{bought - TV - there}}\,\,{\rm{people}}} \right)$$

$$\left( 1 \right)\,\,P = {N \over 6}\,\,\,\left\{ \matrix{ \,{\rm{Take}}\,\,N = 6\,\,{\rm{customers}}\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,? = P = 1 \hfill \cr \,{\rm{Take}}\,\,N = 12\,\,{\rm{customers}}\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,? = P = 2 \hfill \cr} \right.\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\left( {N = \# \,\,{\rm{customers}}\,\,{\rm{there}}} \right)$$

$$\left( 2 \right)\,\,C\left( {N,4} \right) = 126\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,N\,\,{\rm{unique}}\,\,\,\left( {{\rm{and}}\,\,N > 4\,\,{\rm{for}}\,\,{\rm{sure}}} \right)\,\,\,\,\,\left\{ \matrix{ \,{\rm{Take}}\,\,P = 1\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,? = 1 \hfill \cr \,{\rm{Take}}\,\,P = 2\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,? = 2 \hfill \cr} \right.$$

$$\left( {1 + 2} \right)\,\,{\rm{unique}}\,\,N\,\, = 6P\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,P\,\,{\rm{unique}}$$

The correct answer is therefore (C), indeed.

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