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Re: PS : Probability ( Circular arrangement) [#permalink]

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09 Oct 2003, 16:12

amarsesh wrote:

5! - 4! 6 people can be arranged in a circle in 5! ways. Considering the 2 people that need to be away as a single person, we can get the combinations that the two of them are together = 4! So, answer = 6! - 4! = 96 (if the order does not matter) = 48 (if order does matter) Amar.

Did you get it backwards. If order matters, the answer is 96.

Dont you think that in arrangements , Order always matters , unless specified

Re: PS : Probability ( Circular arrangement) [#permalink]

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01 Dec 2003, 23:03

praetorian123 wrote:

In how many ways can 6 ppl be seated in a circle if 2 ppl are always separated?

There are 5! ways for 6 people to sit in a circle.

If we consider the couple as ONE unit, there are 4! ways to arrange them around the circle x 2 ways the couple can sit. Hence the answer is:

5! - 2 * 4!
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I know I'm asking a lot, but could you guys explain this problem in such a way a baby could understand it? I'm having trouble understanding the 4! * 2 part of this answer.