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In how many different ways can the letters A, A, B

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New post 26 Jun 2013, 14:10
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Possible arrangements:
1) xcxxxxxx ---- 1C1 * 6!/(2!*3!) (D can be placed in 1 position)
2) xxcxxxxx ---- 2C1 * 6!/(2!*3!) (D can be placed in 2 positions)
3) xxxcxxxx ---- 3C1 * 6!/(2!*3!) (D can be placed in 3 positions)
4) xxxxcxxx ---- 4C1 * 6!/(2!*3!) (D can be placed in 4 positions)
5) xxxxxcxx ---- 5C1 * 6!/(2!*3!) (D can be placed in 5 positions)
6) xxxxxxcx ---- 6C1 * 6!/(2!*3!) (D can be placed in 6 positions)
7) xxxxxxxc ----- 7C1 * 6!/(2!*3!) (D can be placed in 7 positions)

Adding them all
= (1+2+3+4+5+6+7) * 6!/(2!*3!)
= 28 * 6!/(2!*3!)
= 1680
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1) the total number of arrangements: 8!
2) excluding double counting (A1, A2 and A2, A1 are the same): 8!/2!*3! = 3360
3) the number of arrangements with C D is equal the number of arrangements with D C. Therefore, answer is 3360/2 = 1680.


Can you be more clear in your explanation with the step 3?

I considered C to the right of D, the combination together as one unit and there are 7 units to be arranged with 2 A's and 3 B's. Obviously, I was not even close to any of the options. What's wrong with my approach?


I don't think that by being on the right of D they mean C has to be right next to it. C can be anywhere. Therefore you can't "tie" them together and make it into 7 slots. You have to consider all 8 slots.
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We have 8 letters out of which A appears twice and B appears three time. Total number of permutation of these letters (without restriction) would be: .

Now, in half of these cases D will be to the right of C and in half of these cases to the left, hence the final answer would be

CAN ANYONE EXPLAIN LAST STEP

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Obviously C and D can have ONLY TWO positions: C to the right of C OR to the left, how else?

Now, why should C (or D) be in more cases to the right (or to the left) of D (C)? Does probability favors either of these letters? No. Hence exactly in half of these cases D will be to the right of C and in half of these cases to the left.

Hope it's clear.


I didn't understand the statement "Hence exactly in half of these cases D will be to the right of C and in half of these cases to the left." Asked myself Why? How? (similar situation with the arrangement of Frankie and Joe - question)
The following helped me understand: The letters A, B and C can be arranged in 3 slots in 3*2*1 ways.
ABC, ACB, BAC, BCA, CAB and CBA. Under normal circumstances C comes before B thrice; B comes before C thrice. For a specific case we consider whatever is required.

I hope my understanding is right. If yes, I hope it helps someone.

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In how many different ways can the letters A, A, B, B, B, C, D, E be arranged if the letter C must be to the right of the letter D?

a. 1,680
b. 2,160
c. 2,520
d. 3,240
e. 3,360



Hi..
First let's calculate total ways..
What do we have ..
2*A, 3*B and 1 of C,D and E..
So total 8..
Ways of combination= 8!/2!3!=8*7*5*4*3=3360..
But in these half will have C on right of D and half D on right of C..
So ans = 3360/2=1680

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In how many different ways can the letters A, A, B, B, B, C, D, E be arranged if the letter C must be to the right of the letter D?

a. 1,680
b. 2,160
c. 2,520
d. 3,240
e. 3,360


These are the arrangements possible where letter C is to the right of D
D******C
D*****C*
D****C**
D***C***
D**C****
D*C*****
DC******(7 combinations when D is the first alphabet)
*D*****C
*D****C*
*D***C**
*D**C***
*D*C****
*DC*****(6 combinations when D is the second alphabet)
**D****C
**D***C*
**D**C**
**D*C***
**DC****(5 combinations when D is the third alphabet)
The total arrangements possible are \(7+6+5+4+3+2+1 = 28\)

The total ways in which alphabets A,A,B,B,B,C can be arranged are\(\frac{6!}{2!*3!} = \frac{6*5*4*3*2}{2*3*2} = 6*5*2 = 60\)

Therefore, the total ways in which the alphabets can be arranged when C is to the right of D is 28*60 = 1680(Option A)
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Can someone help me with this problem . really not able to understand the logic?
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Can someone help me with this problem . really not able to understand the logic?


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http://gmatclub.com/forum/in-how-many-d ... ml#p666937
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