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# In how many ways can 4 rings be arranged in 5 finger?

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In how many ways can 4 rings be arranged in 5 finger?  [#permalink]

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17 Sep 2016, 04:05
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In how many ways can 4 rings be arranged in 5 finger (no finger has more than 1 ring)?

A. 5C4
B. 5P4
C. (5C4)4!
D. B and C
E. Something else ( a non traditional GMAT option)

This is a self made question to understand the concept. Please excuse if the question is incorrect. I understand that this is probably sub 200 level question. Let me know your thoughts on my approach(in spoilers)

My approach:

No. of ways of selecting 4 fingers from 5(considering a non-mutant) = 5C4.
No. of ways of arranging the 4 rings= 4!

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17 Sep 2016, 04:15
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hdwnkr wrote:
In how many ways can 4 rings be arranged in 5 finger (no finger has more than 1 ring)?

A. 5C4
B. 5P4
C. (5C4)4!
D. B and C
E. Something else ( a non traditional GMAT option)

This is a self made question to understand the concept. Please excuse if the question is incorrect. I understand that this is probably sub 200 level question. Let me know your thoughts on my approach(in spoilers)

My approach:

No. of ways of selecting 4 fingers from 5(considering a non-mutant) = 5C4.
No. of ways of arranging the 4 rings= 4!

Your approach of solving this question is correct. There is no issue in it. Also, please note that 5C4 * 4! = 5P4. Hence, answer is B and C.
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In how many ways can 4 rings be arranged in 5 finger?  [#permalink]

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17 Sep 2016, 07:44
dash problem method
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4 3 2 1 = 24
one will always be blank
so 24*5 = 120
hence 5c4 * 4!
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Re: In how many ways can 4 rings be arranged in 5 finger?  [#permalink]

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05 Jan 2018, 12:58
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hdwnkr wrote:
In how many ways can 4 rings be arranged in 5 finger (no finger has more than 1 ring)?

A. 5C4
B. 5P4
C. (5C4)4!
D. B and C
E. Something else ( a non traditional GMAT option)

This is a self made question to understand the concept. Please excuse if the question is incorrect. I understand that this is probably sub 200 level question. Let me know your thoughts on my approach(in spoilers)

My approach:

No. of ways of selecting 4 fingers from 5(considering a non-mutant) = 5C4.
No. of ways of arranging the 4 rings= 4!

first ring can be worn in 5 ways, 2nd ring can be worn in 4 ways as no finger can have more than one ring. (if any finger could have more than 1 ring, then the 2nd ring would have been worn in 6 ways)
in the same line of reasoning, the answer is

5 * 4 * 3 * 2

which is equivalent to answer choice D

thanks
Re: In how many ways can 4 rings be arranged in 5 finger?   [#permalink] 05 Jan 2018, 12:58
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