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Medals are to be awarded to three teams in a 10-team competition. If one medal is gold, one medal is silver, and one medal is bronze, how many different ways are there to award the three medals to teams in the competition?

A. 10!/7!
B. 10!/(3!7!)
C. 10!/3!
D. 7!/3!
E. 7!/94!3!)
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Medals are to be awarded to three teams in a 10-team competition. If one medal is gold, one medal is silver, and one medal is bronze, how many different ways are there to award the three medals to teams in the competition?


a) 10!/7!
b)10!/3! 7!
c)10!/3!
d)7!/3!
e)7!/4! 3!

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Choosing 3 teams out of 10 when order of the teams matters - \(P^3_{10}=\frac{10!}{7!}\);

Or: choosing which 3 teams out of 10 will get the medals - \(C^3_{10}\) and arranging them - \(3!\), so total - \(C^3_{10}*3!=\frac{10!}{7!}\);

Or:
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 (teams);
G-S-B-N-N-N-N-N-N-N (GSB - medals, N - no medal);

Permutation of 10 letters out of which 7 N's are identical is \(\frac{10!}{7!}\) (so you'll get \(\frac{10!}{7!}\) different ways of assigning the medals to the teams).

Answer: A.

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anilnandyala wrote:
Medals are to be awarded to three teams in a 10-team competition. If one medal is gold, one medal is silver, and one medal is bronze, how many different ways are there to award the three medals to teams in the competition?


a) 10!/7!
b)10!/3! 7!
c)10!/3!
d)7!/3!
e)7!/4! 3!

pls provide answer with explanation


Step 1 : Choose 3 teams out of 10 = C(10,3)
Step 2 : Distribute the 3 medals between these = 3!

Answer : C(10,2) * 3! = 10!/7! or (A)
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New post 03 Oct 2010, 02:52
its choosing 3 teams from 10 teams when the order matters
so its 10P3.
the ans is A
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Hi Bunuel,

Pls tell me if there is anything wrong with my approach...

10C1*9C1*8C1 which comes out to be A :)
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I thought the ten choose three formula was (n choose k)= n!/(k!(n-k)!)

Am I over thinking this...
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I thought the ten choose three formula was (n choose k)= n!/(k!(n-k)!)

Am I over thinking this...


Your formula only works when the order does not matter.
When the order matters, as it does in this case, the formula is: (n Permut k)= n!/(n-k)!
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Agreed, A. I used slot method as order matters
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anilnandyala wrote:
Medals are to be awarded to three teams in a 10-team competition. If one medal is gold, one medal is silver, and one medal is bronze, how many different ways are there to award the three medals to teams in the competition?

A. 10!/7!
B. 10!/(3!7!)
C. 10!/3!
D. 7!/3!
E. 7!/94!3!)


Since the order matters (i.e., who gets gold, who gets silver and who gets bronze matters), the number of ways that 3 teams can be chosen from 10 teams is:

10P3 = 10 x 9 x 8 = (10 x 9 x 8 x 7!)/7! = 10!/7!

Answer: A
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anilnandyala wrote:
Medals are to be awarded to three teams in a 10-team competition. If one medal is gold, one medal is silver, and one medal is bronze, how many different ways are there to award the three medals to teams in the competition?

A. 10!/7!
B. 10!/(3!7!)
C. 10!/3!
D. 7!/3!
E. 7!/94!3!)


Since the order matters (i.e., who gets gold, who gets silver and who gets bronze matters), the number of ways that 3 teams can be chosen from 10 teams is:

10P3 = 10 x 9 x 8 = (10 x 9 x 8 x 7!)/7! = 10!/7!

Answer: A
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