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Schezwan restaurant offers 5 chicken, prawn, beef, vegetable & tofu entrees served with either garlic or chili sauce. In how many ways can 3 entrees be served if no entry is served more than once?

I would say it is a tricky question since it is ambiguous. There are 2 sources of confusion: 1) Do we count chicken, prawn, beef, and chicken, beef, prawn as same or as a different way of serving? I guess we can conclude that in one way, so we will need divide by 3! 2) Do we serve a sauce on the entree? Can we order a garlic chicken and chili beef? So we need to multiply by 8? can we order chicken without sauce? We will need to multiply by 27. Do we get a sauce in Panda Express way, we will need to multiply by 2, 3 or 4 depends on whether we can reject both or take both.

Anyway, with all this in mind, we can calculate that we have 5*4*3=60/3! = 10 * 8 = 80 Since answer C But if you will calculate an ordered permutation 60 and multiply by 2 Panda Express style, you will get incorrect 120

1> I first tried to answer assuming ordered permutation way and got 120. 2> If it is not ordered but rather a combination of 3 items (out of chicken/beef/prawn/veg/tofu) in one entry, then their should be 5C3 ways of combining them - 10 ways which then should be multiplied by 2 ways of adding sauce. So the answer was 20.

Can someone please clearly lay down the strategy if there are subtle nuances in the question?

Schezwan restaurant offers 5 chicken, prawn, beef, vegetable & tofu entrees served with either garlic or chili sauce. In how many ways can 3 entrees be served if no entry is served more than once? Answer Options: -

A. 10 B. 60 C. 80 D. 100 E. 120

Take the task of creating a meal and break it into stages.

Stage 1: Select 3 entrees Since the order in which we select the entrees does not matter, we can use combinations. We can select 3 entrees from 5 entrees in 5C3 ways (10 ways) So, we can complete stage 1 in 10 ways

If anyone is interested, we have a video (below) on calculating combinations (like 5C3) in your head

ASIDE: We now have our 3 entrees, but we don't have a sauce for each entree.

Stage 2: Choose a sauce for one of of the entrees We have 2 choices (garlic or chili sauce), so we can complete stage 2 in 2 ways

Stage 3: Choose a sauce for another entree We have 2 choices (garlic or chili sauce), so we can complete stage 3 in 2 ways

Stage 4: Choose a sauce for the last remaining entree We have 2 choices (garlic or chili sauce), so we can complete stage 4 in 2 ways

By the Fundamental Counting Principle (FCP), we can complete all 4 stages (and thus create a meal) in (10)(2)(2)(2) ways (= 80 ways)

Answer: C

Note: the FCP can be used to solve the MAJORITY of counting questions on the GMAT. So, be sure to learn it.

Schezwan restaurant offers 5 chicken, prawn, beef, vegetable & tofu entrees served with either garlic or chili sauce. In how many ways can 3 entrees be served if no entry is served more than once? Answer Options: -

A. 10 B. 60 C. 80 D. 100 E. 120

Take the task of creating a meal and break it into stages.

Stage 1: Select 3 entrees Since the order in which we select the entrees does not matter, we can use combinations. We can select 3 entrees from 5 entrees in 5C3 ways (10 ways) So, we can complete stage 1 in 10 ways

If anyone is interested, we have a video (below) on calculating combinations (like 5C3) in your head

ASIDE: We now have our 3 entrees, but we don't have a sauce for each entree.

Stage 2: Choose a sauce for one of of the entrees We have 2 choices (garlic or chili sauce), so we can complete stage 2 in 2 ways

Stage 3: Choose a sauce for another entree We have 2 choices (garlic or chili sauce), so we can complete stage 3 in 2 ways

Stage 4: Choose a sauce for the last remaining entree We have 2 choices (garlic or chili sauce), so we can complete stage 4 in 2 ways

By the Fundamental Counting Principle (FCP), we can complete all 4 stages (and thus create a meal) in (10)(2)(2)(2) ways (= 80 ways)

Answer: C

Note: the FCP can be used to solve the MAJORITY of counting questions on the GMAT. So, be sure to learn it.

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Why do you have so many stages? Why wouldn't it be just two stages? I thought of just 2, the entrees and the sauces. So it would be 20 in total, or 5C3 * 2. Another way I thought of was if you cannot repeat an entree, there are 24 options (5*2 + 4*2 + 3*2).

Can you explain why both of these solutions are wrong?

I thought of just 2, the entrees and the sauces. So it would be 20 in total, or 5C3 * 2. Another way I thought of was if you cannot repeat an entree, there are 24 options (5*2 + 4*2 + 3*2). Can you explain why both of these solutions are wrong?

What do your values stand for?

While my solution might LOOK longer than it needs to be, I don't write out every stage on my notepad. HOWEVER, I make it very clear to myself what each is occurring at each stage. So, for example, in your 2-stage solution, 5C3 * 2, what does 5C3 represent and what does 2 represent?

Likewise, in your other solution, 5*2 + 4*2 + 3*2, what does each part represent?

Once you start articulating what each stage represents, your solutions will improve.

I thought of just 2, the entrees and the sauces. So it would be 20 in total, or 5C3 * 2. Another way I thought of was if you cannot repeat an entree, there are 24 options (5*2 + 4*2 + 3*2). Can you explain why both of these solutions are wrong?

What do your values stand for?

While my solution might LOOK longer than it needs to be, I don't write out every stage on my notepad. HOWEVER, I make it very clear to myself what each is occurring at each stage. So, for example, in your 2-stage solution, 5C3 * 2, what does 5C3 represent and what does 2 represent?

Likewise, in your other solution, 5*2 + 4*2 + 3*2, what does each part represent?

Once you start articulating what each stage represents, your solutions will improve.

Cheers, Brent

Okay, here you go... 1. Why do you have 4 stages rather than two? You have 4 stages for entree * sauce * sauce * sauce. Why? Why not two stages for Entrees and Sauces. With two stages you would do the exact same thing you did, but without the additional two stage. 5C3 (choose 3 entrees from five entrees) * 2 (sauces). 2. Why is it also not appropriate to calculate as Option 1 + Option 2 + Option 3? Option 1 = 5 entrees * 2 sauces. Option 2 = 4 entrees * 2 sauces. Option 3 = 3 entrees * 2 sauces.

1. Why do you have 4 stages rather than two? You have 4 stages for entree * sauce * sauce * sauce. Why? Why not two stages for Entrees and Sauces. With two stages you would do the exact same thing you did, but without the additional two stage. 5C3 (choose 3 entrees from five entrees) * 2 (sauces).

It would help if you actually defined each stage. For example: STAGE 1: Choose 3 entrees This stage can be completed in 5C3 (aka 10) ways

STAGE 2: What is happening here? Is it "Choose a sauce"? If so, which entree are you choosing a sauce for? Each entree must have its own accompanying sauce. So, for example, ONE outcome (aka meal) might be: chicken with chili sauce, beef with garlic sauce, and vegetable with chili sauce

RefError wrote:

Okay, here you go... 2. Why is it also not appropriate to calculate as Option 1 + Option 2 + Option 3? Option 1 = 5 entrees * 2 sauces. Option 2 = 4 entrees * 2 sauces. Option 3 = 3 entrees * 2 sauces.

This looks like you are repeating many possible meals. So, your answer will be far too big.
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