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In how many ways can 5 boys and 3 girls be seated on 8 chairs so that no two girls are together? A. 5760 B. 14400 C. 480 D. 56 E. 40320 HEre's what I did :
5! * (4C3) *2* 3! = 120*6*4*2= 5760. Am I correct?
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voodoochild wrote: In how many ways can 5 boys and 3 girls be seated on 8 chairs so that no two girls are together?
A 5760 B 14400 C 480 D 56 E 40320
HEre's what I did :
5! * (4C3) *2* 3! = 120*6*4*2= 5760. Am I correct? Consider the following arrangement: *B*B*B*B*B* Now, if girls occupy the places of 6 stars no girls will be together. # of ways 3 girls can occupy the places of these 6 stars is \(C^3_6=20\); # of ways 3 girls can be arranged on these places is \(3!=6\); # of ways 5 boys can be arranged is \(5!=120\). So total # of ways to arrange 3 Girls and 5 boys so that no girls are together is \(20*6*120=14,400\). Answer: B.
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Bunuel wrote: voodoochild wrote: In how many ways can 5 boys and 3 girls be seated on 8 chairs so that no two girls are together?
A 5760 B 14400 C 480 D 56 E 40320
HEre's what I did :
5! * (4C3) *2* 3! = 120*6*4*2= 5760. Am I correct? Consider the following arrangement: *B*B*B*B*B* Now, if girls occupy the places of 6 stars no girls will be together. # of ways 3 girls can occupy the places of these 6 stars is \(C^3_6=20\); # of ways 3 girls can be arranged on these places is \(3!=6\); # of ways 5 boys can be arranged is \(5!=120\). So total # of ways to arrange 3 Girls and 5 boys so that no girls are together is \(20*6*120=14,000\). Answer: B. Bunuel, Here's what I thought: _ O _ O _ O _ O 3 G can occupy any of the 4 "_" positions in 4C3 ways. Similar Girls could also occupy any of the 4 "O" positions in 4C3 ways. Boys can be permuted in 5! ways. Girls  3! Therefore arrangements = 4C3* 2 * 5! * 3! = 4*2*120*6= 5760. Can you please let me know what I am missing? Thanks



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24 Sep 2012, 13:59
Please ignore. I got it. 4C3 should be 6C3.
Arrangemnets = 6C3 * 5! * 3! = B...thanks



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Bunuel wrote: voodoochild wrote: In how many ways can 5 boys and 3 girls be seated on 8 chairs so that no two girls are together?
A 5760 B 14400 C 480 D 56 E 40320
HEre's what I did :
5! * (4C3) *2* 3! = 120*6*4*2= 5760. Am I correct? Consider the following arrangement: *B*B*B*B*B* Now, if girls occupy the places of 6 stars no girls will be together. # of ways 3 girls can occupy the places of these 6 stars is \(C^3_6=20\); # of ways 3 girls can be arranged on these places is \(3!=6\); # of ways 5 boys can be arranged is \(5!=120\). So total # of ways to arrange 3 Girls and 5 boys so that no girls are together is \(20*6*120=14,000\). Answer: B. Small typo: \(20*6*120=14,000\) should be 14,400.
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Let us take opposite of the constraint. 2 girls sitting together: : 1 case is GGBGBBBB. Total number of ways=3!*5!*5 with just shifting the rightmost girl. Then the 2 leftmost girls can shift one position , and using the above reasoning, the total number of ways = 3!*5!*4 and so on till the rightmost girl has 1 position. So total number of ways = 3!*5!(5+4+3+2+1)=120*90=10800 Similarly another case is: GBGGBBBB. Using the above reasoning, the total number of cases is: 3!*5!*(15) =10800 Let us take 3 girls sitting together GGGBBBBB There are 3! *5! Ways. The 3 leftmost girls can shift 6 positions. So there are a total of 3!*5!*6=4320 ways So total is 2*10800 + 4320=25920 The total number of possibilities = 8! Ways =40,320 Answer is 4032025920=14400 Hence B.
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[quote="Bunuel"][quote="chetan2u"][quote="Bunuel"][quote="voodoochild"]In how many ways can 5 boys and 3 girls be seated on 8 chairs so that no two girls are together?
A 5760 B 14400 C 480 D 56 E 40320
Hi Bunuel,
What is the error in this solutions : 8!  6!3!
Total ways  girls together = not together
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urshila wrote: Bunuel wrote: chetan2u wrote: In how many ways can 5 boys and 3 girls be seated on 8 chairs so that no two girls are together?
A 5760 B 14400 C 480 D 56 E 40320
Hi Bunuel,
What is the error in this solutions : 8!  6!3!
Total ways  girls together = not together
Regards, Hi, the Q asks to negate even when two are together.. What you have used is only when all three are together.. that is why your answer, 36000, is more than the actual, 14400..
Hope you have realized where you have gone wrong..
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hello chetan2u@
I want to know how can it be done the other way round,subtracting from the total number of cases: Say we have 3 girls:G1 G2 and G3. In the first case,we can take G1 and G2 as a single element,so it will be B1B2B3B4B5G3(G1G2)=7!*2! Similarly we can take for G2 and G3,considering them as a single element:B1B2B3B4B5G1(G2G3)=7!*2! And for G1 and G3,considering them as a single element,we again have 7!*2! Total number of cases=8! So,Cases where no two girls are together=8!7!*2!*3=10080.
I am unable to understand,what is wrong in this approach?



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Bunuel wrote: voodoochild wrote: In how many ways can 5 boys and 3 girls be seated on 8 chairs so that no two girls are together?
A 5760 B 14400 C 480 D 56 E 40320
HEre's what I did :
5! * (4C3) *2* 3! = 120*6*4*2= 5760. Am I correct? Consider the following arrangement: *B*B*B*B*B* Now, if girls occupy the places of 6 stars no girls will be together. # of ways 3 girls can occupy the places of these 6 stars is \(C^3_6=20\); # of ways 3 girls can be arranged on these places is \(3!=6\); # of ways 5 boys can be arranged is \(5!=120\). So total # of ways to arrange 3 Girls and 5 boys so that no girls are together is \(20*6*120=14,400\). Answer: B. I am not sure in this kind of problems why don't we consider the following arrangements : BGBBGBGB, BBGBGBGB etc when two of the boys are together



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siddharthharsh wrote: Bunuel wrote: voodoochild wrote: In how many ways can 5 boys and 3 girls be seated on 8 chairs so that no two girls are together?
A 5760 B 14400 C 480 D 56 E 40320
HEre's what I did :
5! * (4C3) *2* 3! = 120*6*4*2= 5760. Am I correct? Consider the following arrangement: *B*B*B*B*B* Now, if girls occupy the places of 6 stars no girls will be together. # of ways 3 girls can occupy the places of these 6 stars is \(C^3_6=20\); # of ways 3 girls can be arranged on these places is \(3!=6\); # of ways 5 boys can be arranged is \(5!=120\). So total # of ways to arrange 3 Girls and 5 boys so that no girls are together is \(20*6*120=14,400\). Answer: B. I am not sure in this kind of problems why don't we consider the following arrangements : BGBBGBGB, BBGBGBGB etc when two of the boys are together Notice that we have already included these scenarios out of 14,400. See, Bunuel has already included 5 places for Boys and 6 places for Girls, while we have 8 people in total.
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abhimahna wrote: Notice that we have already included these scenarios out of 14,400.
See, Bunuel has already included 5 places for Boys and 6 places for Girls, while we have 8 people in total.
Thanks. So the logic is whenever the space that was left out for girls to occupy is vacant then the two adjacent boys are actually together. Was kind of difficult to see unless I formulated it in my own words. That is the trick with P&C and probability, kind of seems obvious if you have nailed it, but requires a bit of imagination in some easy ones too.



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Bunuel wrote: voodoochild wrote: In how many ways can 5 boys and 3 girls be seated on 8 chairs so that no two girls are together?
A 5760 B 14400 C 480 D 56 E 40320
HEre's what I did :
5! * (4C3) *2* 3! = 120*6*4*2= 5760. Am I correct? Consider the following arrangement: *B*B*B*B*B* Now, if girls occupy the places of 6 stars no girls will be together. # of ways 3 girls can occupy the places of these 6 stars is \(C^3_6=20\); # of ways 3 girls can be arranged on these places is \(3!=6\); # of ways 5 boys can be arranged is \(5!=120\). So total # of ways to arrange 3 Girls and 5 boys so that no girls are together is \(20*6*120=14,400\). Answer: B. # of ways 3 girls can occupy the places of these 6 stars is [m]C^3_6=20 How did you get this step?? Sent from my iPhone using GMAT Club Forum mobile app



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acegmat123 wrote: Bunuel wrote: voodoochild wrote: In how many ways can 5 boys and 3 girls be seated on 8 chairs so that no two girls are together?
A 5760 B 14400 C 480 D 56 E 40320
HEre's what I did :
5! * (4C3) *2* 3! = 120*6*4*2= 5760. Am I correct? Consider the following arrangement: *B*B*B*B*B* Now, if girls occupy the places of 6 stars no girls will be together. # of ways 3 girls can occupy the places of these 6 stars is \(C^3_6=20\); # of ways 3 girls can be arranged on these places is \(3!=6\); # of ways 5 boys can be arranged is \(5!=120\). So total # of ways to arrange 3 Girls and 5 boys so that no girls are together is \(20*6*120=14,400\). Answer: B. # of ways 3 girls can occupy the places of these 6 stars is \(C^3_6=20 How did you get this step?? Sent from my iPhone using GMAT Club Forum mobile appWe have 6 places for the girls to sit and we have only 3 girls. So, Girls could select the 3 places as [m]C^3_6=20\);
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VeritasKarishma AjiteshArun egmat Bunuelchetan2uWhy cannot we use the below approach ?? Total  when 2 girls sit together Total> 8! When Two girls sit together>> 5B 1G (G1G2)> 7!*3C2*2! Answer = (8!)( 7!*3C2*2!) What is wrong with this approach.
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warrior1991 wrote: VeritasKarishma AjiteshArun egmat Bunuelchetan2uWhy cannot we use the below approach ?? Total  when 2 girls sit together Total> 8! When Two girls sit together>> 5B 1G (G1G2)> 7!*3C2*2! Answer = (8!)( 7!*3C2*2!) What is wrong with this approach. I am not sure what you have done here  there are 3 girls and no two should sit together. This means that G1 and G2 should not be together, G2 and G3 should not be together and G1 and G3 should not be together. So you make the boys sit in 5 chairs. Now the girls can put their chairs in 6 spots  S B1 S B2 S B3 S B4 S B5 S You arrange the boys in 5! ways. Select 3 spots for girls in 6C3 ways and arrange the girls in 3! ways. Total = 5! * 6C3 * 3! = 120 * 20 * 6 = 14400
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warrior1991 wrote: VeritasKarishma AjiteshArun egmat Bunuelchetan2uWhy cannot we use the below approach ?? Total  when 2 girls sit together Total> 8! When Two girls sit together>> 5B G (GG)> 7!*3C2*2! Answer = (8!)( 7!*3C2*2!) What is wrong with this approach. VeritasKarishma chetan2u generis AjiteshArun Bunuel Cannot we solve it like this?? Approach : (Total cases  Cases when 2 girls sit together) Total Cases : 8! When Two girls sit together>> 5B G(GG)> 7!*3C2*2! Answer = (8!)( 7!*3C2*2!) However, I get different answer. Can you please explain where am I going wrong in this case.
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warrior1991 wrote: warrior1991 wrote: VeritasKarishma AjiteshArun egmat Bunuelchetan2uWhy cannot we use the below approach ?? Total  when 2 girls sit together Total> 8! When Two girls sit together>> 5B G (GG)> 7!*3C2*2! Answer = (8!)( 7!*3C2*2!) What is wrong with this approach. VeritasKarishma chetan2u generis AjiteshArun Bunuel Cannot we solve it like this?? Approach : (Total cases  Cases when 2 girls sit together) Total Cases : 8! When Two girls sit together>> 5B G(GG)> 7!*3C2*2! Answer = (8!)( 7!*3C2*2!) However, I get different answer. Can you please explain where am I going wrong in this case. You will get your answer lesser than actual because there is repetition in what you are subtracting. Say girls are a,b,c.. so you choose B,B,(a,b),c,B,B... When you choose b,c, one combination will again be B,B,a,(b,c),B,B... So both are same but are subtracting it twice
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[quote="voodoochild"]In how many ways can 5 boys and 3 girls be seated on 8 chairs so that no two girls are together?
A. 5760 B. 14400 C. 480 D. 56 E. 40320
[spoiler=]HEre's what I did :
girls can be made to sit _b_b_b_b_b_ total 6 places to choose for girls ; 6c3 in 3! ways and boys 5! ways 5!*6c3*3! = 14400 IMO B



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warrior1991 wrote: warrior1991 wrote: VeritasKarishma AjiteshArun egmat Bunuelchetan2uWhy cannot we use the below approach ?? Total  when 2 girls sit together Total> 8! When Two girls sit together>> 5B G (GG)> 7!*3C2*2! Answer = (8!)( 7!*3C2*2!) What is wrong with this approach. VeritasKarishma chetan2u generis AjiteshArun Bunuel Cannot we solve it like this?? Approach : (Total cases  Cases when 2 girls sit together) Total Cases : 8! When Two girls sit together>> 5B G(GG)> 7!*3C2*2! Answer = (8!)( 7!*3C2*2!) However, I get different answer. Can you please explain where am I going wrong in this case. As chetan2u mentioned above, you are double counting the eliminations. Whenever you need to arrange people such that no 2 sit together, one needs to arrange the others and place these people in between the others.
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