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Marshall has 4 different colored balls and 3 different boxes.

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Marshall has 4 different colored balls and 3 different boxes.In how many ways can he put these balls in the boxes so that no box is left empty and no ball is left out?

A.18
B.81
C.36
D.24
E.72
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Marshall has 4 different colored balls and 3 different boxes. In how many ways can he put these balls in the boxes so that no box is left empty and no ball is left out?

A.18
B.81
C.36
D.24
E.72


Since all the 3 boxes must have at least one ball, the three possibilities in which the four balls
A, B, C, and D can be arranged in 3 boxes are AB-C-D | C-AB-D | D-AB-C (3 ways)

The total ways of choosing 2 balls from 4 is \(C_2^4 = 6\). There are 2 ways of choosing the
balls which goes into the second box and one way of choosing the ball which goes into the 3rd box.

Therefore, there are 3*6*2*1 = 36(Option C) ways of putting the 4 balls in the 3 boxes.
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Re: Marshall has 4 different colored balls and 3 different boxes.  [#permalink]

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There are 4 balls and 3 boxes. (lets call them ball 1 , ball 2 etc)

Two of the balls must be in pair which can be done in 4c2 ways = 4!/2!2! = 6
Once you select the pair , remaining is selected by default

so now you have something like [1-2] [3] [4]. Now this can be arranged in 3! ways = 6 ways.

total ways = 6*6 = 36
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