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In how many ways all the letters of the word WEAPONS can be arranged

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In how many ways all the letters of the word WEAPONS can be arranged such that in any of the arrangements, no two vowels will be together?

    A. \(^5C_3 * 3!\)

    B. \(3! * 4!\)

    C. \(^5C_3 * 4!\)

    D. \(7! – 5! * 3!\)

    E. \(^5C_3 * 3! * 4!\)

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In how many ways all the letters of the word WEAPONS can be arranged  [#permalink]

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WEAPONS = 7! ways total arrangement
vowels = EAO 3! ways and consonants WPNS = 4! ways

these vowels can be arranged in 5c3 ways between 4 WPNS

5c3*3!*4!
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In how many ways all the letters of the word WEAPONS can be arranged such that in any of the arrangements, no two vowels will be together?

    A. \(^5C_3 * 3!\)

    B. \(3! * 4!\)

    C. \(^5C_3 * 4!\)

    D. \(7! – 5! * 3!\)

    E. \(^5C_3 * 3! * 4!\)

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New post 06 Mar 2019, 19:23
is ans E

arrange consonants as _W_P_N_S_ consonants E,A,O can be placed in any 5 blanks so 5c3

consonants can be arranged within itself in 3!
vowels can be arranged in 4! ways

so 5c3*4!*3!
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Re: In how many ways all the letters of the word WEAPONS can be arranged  [#permalink]

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Given:
In this question, we are given
    • A specific word is given: WEAPONS, of which all the letters can be arranged to form different words

To find:
We need to determine
    • How many such arrangements are possible, where no two vowels will be together

Approach and Working:
In the given word “WEAPONS”, there are 4 consonants: W, P, N, S and 3 vowels: E, A, O.
    • When we say that no two vowels are together, it means there will be at least one consonant between any two vowels.

As there are 4 consonants, let us first put them, as shown in the following figure:

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Now, for the 3 vowels, there will be actually 5 places where any of those vowels can be placed.

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    • Out of the 5 possible places, 3 will be chosen for the vowels in \(^5C_3\) ways.
    • Also, the vowels can rearrange themselves in 3! ways and the consonants can rearrange themselves in 4! ways.
    • Therefore, the total number of possible arrangements = \(^5C_3 * 3! * 4!\)

Hence, the correct answer is option E.

Answer: E
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Archit3110 wrote:
WEAPONS = 7! ways total arrangement
vowels = EAO WPNS = 5! ways and total vowels = 3 ;3! ways

7!-5!*3!
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Hey Archit3110,
In your calculation, you missed those cases where two vowels can be together. You only removed the cases where all 3 vowels are together.
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There are 7 letters in the word WEAPONS with 3 vowels and 4 consonant of the 5 possible places, 3 will be chosen for the vowels in 5C35C3 ways.the vowels can rearrange themselves in 3! ways and the consonants can rearrange themselves in 4! ways.. Hence, number of arrangements of letters such that all vowels are all together is 5C3∗3!∗4! so the correct answer is E
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EgmatQuantExpert wrote:
Archit3110 wrote:
WEAPONS = 7! ways total arrangement
vowels = EAO WPNS = 5! ways and total vowels = 3 ;3! ways

7!-5!*3!
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Hey,
In your calculation, you missed those cases where two vowels can be together. You only removed the cases where all 3 vowels are together.




And what is the best way to do it with that approach? (removing csaes from the total)
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EgmatQuantExpert wrote:
Archit3110 wrote:
WEAPONS = 7! ways total arrangement
vowels = EAO WPNS = 5! ways and total vowels = 3 ;3! ways

7!-5!*3!
IMO D


Hey Archit3110,
In your calculation, you missed those cases where two vowels can be together. You only removed the cases where all 3 vowels are together.


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yeah i made an error.. misread question.. edited thanks..
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New post 09 Mar 2019, 08:30
When we insert 1 vowel in the middle of each consonant and 1 vowel each at the corner, in total, it would make 9 spaces, however WEAPONS has only 7 spaces.
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