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From a group of 21 astronauts that includes 12 people with previous experience in space flight, a 3-person crew is to be selected so that exactly 1 person in the crew has previous experience in space flight. How many different crews of this type are possible?

A) 432
B) 594
C) 864
D) 1,330
E) 7,980


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New post 24 Jul 2009, 12:44
you must choose 1 person among the 12 that had already been in space and 2 among the 9 remaining.

so you have 12 X (9 choose 2)
12 X 9!/(2!X7!) = 12 X 9X8/2 = 432

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New post 25 Jul 2009, 11:36
Out of 21 astronauts => 12 with experience + 9 without experience

A committee of 3 (exactly 1 with experience + 2 inexperienced) => 12C1 x 9C2 => 432
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