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In a conference of 3 delegates from each of 8 different organizations, each delegate shook hands with every person other than those from his or her own organization. How many handshakes took place in the conference?

(A) 48
(B) 96
(C) 252
(D) 270
(E) 504

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In a conference of 3 delegates from each of 8 different organizations, each delegate shook hands with every person other than those from his or her own organization. How many handshakes took place in the conference?

(A) 48
(B) 96
(C) 252
(D) 270
(E) 504


This is a tricky one.

1,1,1
2,2,2
3,3,3 etc..

If the delegates from group (1) shake hands with each from group (2) this means 3 hand shakes for each of the delegates from Group 1.

Since delegates from group (1) will shake hands with all delegates from 2,3,4,5,6,7,8

It means each member in group 1 will shake hands 21 times. (8-1)*3 = 21

8-1 = 7 to exclude the hand shakes from their group.

Since each shakes hand once it means per group they have 21*3 = 63

There are 8 groups so it means 63*8 = 504
But this double-counts.

So we divide it by 2 we get 504/2 = 252.


Answer choice C.

Another way would be to say

A member of group one gets 21 hand shakes
A member of group two gets 18
A member of group three gets 15
A member of group four gets 12
A member of group five gets 9
A member of group six gets 6
A member of group seven gets 3
And a member of group 8 gets 0.

Adding all the above numbers we get 84

And 84*3 = 252

Here the 3 is to account for 3 members in the group.

I hope it is clear

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Originally posted by Salsanousi on 03 Oct 2018, 14:20.
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In a conference of 3 delegates from each of 8 different organizations, each delegate shook hands with every person other than those from his or her own organization. How many handshakes took place in the conference?

(A) 48
(B) 96
(C) 252
(D) 270
(E) 504


We are given that there are 3 representatives from 8 different companies. So, there are a total of 24 representatives.

If every representative were to shake hands with all other representatives (meaning all 24 reps would shake hands), this would happen in the following number of ways:

24C2 = (24 x 23)/2! = 12 x 23 = 276 ways

However, since each person shook hands with every person not from his or her own company, we can subtract out the number of times those handshakes occurred.

Since each company has 3 reps, the number ways those three reps can shake hand is 3C2 = (3 x 2)/2! = 3 ways, and since there are 8 companies, this would occur 8 x 3 = 24 times.

Thus, the number of ways for the reps to shake hands with every person not from his or her own company is 276 - 24 = 252 ways.

Alternate Solution:

Each of the 3 x 8 = 24 representative will shake hands with 24 - 3 = 21 people since representatives within the same organization won’t shake hands with each other. Thus, 24 x 21 will be equal to twice the number of handshakes that took place in the organization, since each handshake is counted twice (each handshake is counted once for each person involved in the handshake, hence the double count). Then, there were 24 x 21 x (1/2) = 12 x 21 = 252 handshakes that took place in the organization.

Answer: C
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1 company = 3 delegates
Total companies present = 8
Total number of delegates = 24

In the question, each delegate shook hands with every person other than those from his or her own organization
=>1 delegate will shake hands with 21 other delegates
=>Total = 21 handshakes

There are a total of 24 delegates and therefore the total number of handshakes = 21x24 = 504 Handshakes(This includes the repetition of handshakes)
So we should divide it by 2
=>504/2
=>252

Hence C is the answer
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Bunuel wrote:
In a conference of 3 delegates from each of 8 different organizations, each delegate shook hands with every person other than those from his or her own organization. How many handshakes took place in the conference?

(A) 48
(B) 96
(C) 252
(D) 270
(E) 504


Consider the 3 delegates of the first org. Each of the 3 delegates will shake hands with delegates from the other 7 organisations i.e. with 7*3 people.
Consider the next team of delegates from the second org. Each of the 3 delegates will shake hands with delegates of other 6 orgs (since they have already shaken hands with the first org delegates) i.e. with 6*3 = 18 people.
So we see the pattern: No of handshakes = 3*(21 + 18 + ... + 3)

The underlined is an AP. Its sum = (No of terms)*(First term + last term)/2

Sum = 3 * 7*(21 + 3)/2 = 3*84 = 252

Answer (C)
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