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There are 8 teams in a certain league and each team plays each of the other teams exactly twice. If each game is played by 2 teams, what is the total number of games played?

A. 15
B. 16
C. 28
D. 56
E. 64
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10 May 2012, 22:16
IMO 54 matches

Let's say first team plays with 7 other teams - resulting in 7 matches, taking this further in the similar way, the number of matches between 8 teams would be 7+6+5+4+3+2+1 = 28.. as in this case each team is playing with other twice, the no of matches would be 28*2 = 56

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10 May 2012, 22:19
Every team plays with 7 teams...so total no of matches = 8 x 7 = 56.
Now, each match is played twice => 56 x 2
But 2 teams play a match => 56 x 2 /2 = 56.

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10 May 2012, 22:31
Bunuel, can you please comment on this?

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Smita04 wrote:
There are 8 teams in a certain league and each team plays each of the other teams exactly twice. If each game is played by 2 teams, what is the total number of games played?

A. 15
B. 16
C. 28
D. 56
E. 64

# of different pairs possible from 8 teams is $$C^2_{8}=28$$, since each pair plays twice between each other than total # of games is 2*28=56.

Answer: D.
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13 Sep 2013, 11:11
But the official answer is C, and I got that using combination [8!/(2!6!)]. Did I miss anything? Please help.

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13 Sep 2013, 11:55
vjns wrote:
But the official answer is C, and I got that using combination [8!/(2!6!)]. Did I miss anything? Please help.

The OA is D. It's under the spoiler in the initial post.
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14 Sep 2013, 10:44
Thanks Bunuel! I caught my mistake. I was looking for other ways of solving question 133 OG 13th edi (121 in 12th edi), and that is how I landed here. Similar version of this question in the 13th and 12th edi OGs has the word 'once' instead of 'twice', as in the above question. My bad !!
Is my approach at solving the question correct?

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14 Sep 2013, 10:55
vjns wrote:
Thanks Bunuel! I caught my mistake. I was looking for other ways of solving question 133 OG 13th edi (121 in 12th edi), and that is how I landed here. Similar version of this question in the 13th and 12th edi OGs has the word 'once' instead of 'twice', as in the above question. My bad !!
Is my approach at solving the question correct?

Yes, for that question you solved correctly. Discussed here: there-are-8-teams-in-a-certain-league-and-each-team-plays-134582.html

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30 Jul 2014, 03:56
You have 8 teams, hence each each match day there are 4 games (since is 1v1 = 2 teams per match).

Every team has 7*2 (plays each game twice) match days, hence 4*14 games which is 56.

Answer D.

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23 Aug 2014, 11:11
Bunuel wrote:
Smita04 wrote:
There are 8 teams in a certain league and each team plays each of the other teams exactly twice. If each game is played by 2 teams, what is the total number of games played?

A. 15
B. 16
C. 28
D. 56
E. 64

# of different pairs possible from 8 teams is $$C^2_{8}=28$$, since each pair plays twice between each other than total # of games is 2*28=56.

Answer: D.

I'm a little confused here -- why are we using the combination formula and NOT the permutation formula. We don't really care for these teams to be arranged alphabetically. Similar to if the letters are to be arranged alphabetically, meaning, ab, ac, ad, bc, bd, then we would use combination. But we don't care if team D plays B vs. team B playing team D. Since order is NOT important, wouldn't we use permutation.

There were a few similar problems:
1) How many 2 letters words can be made out of ABCD and in alphabetical order - 2C4 = 6
2) How many unique 4 letter words can be made from 10 letters but ABCDE and EDCBA are considered different = 10P4 = 10!/6!

Doesn't this question fall into the Permutation area?

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18 Sep 2015, 10:47
Bunuel wrote:
Smita04 wrote:
There are 8 teams in a certain league and each team plays each of the other teams exactly twice. If each game is played by 2 teams, what is the total number of games played?

A. 15
B. 16
C. 28
D. 56
E. 64

# of different pairs possible from 8 teams is $$C^2_{8}=28$$, since each pair plays twice between each other than total # of games is 2*28=56.

Answer: D.

Can you show the calculation for 28? I am confused for the formula of combination. Shouldn't it be 8C2?

Any possible theory on this from GMATCLUB?
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19 Sep 2015, 07:03
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Bunuel wrote:
Smita04 wrote:
There are 8 teams in a certain league and each team plays each of the other teams exactly twice. If each game is played by 2 teams, what is the total number of games played?

A. 15
B. 16
C. 28
D. 56
E. 64

# of different pairs possible from 8 teams is $$C^2_{8}=28$$, since each pair plays twice between each other than total # of games is 2*28=56.

Answer: D.

Can you show the calculation for 28? I am confused for the formula of combination. Shouldn't it be 8C2?

Any possible theory on this from GMATCLUB?

It is 8C2. It is thee number of ways in which 2 teams can be selected out of 8.

$$nCr = \frac{n!}{(n-r)!(r!)$$

$$8C2 = \frac{8!}{(8-2)!(2!)$$

= $$\frac{8*7*6!}{6!*2!}$$ = $$\frac{8*7}{2*1}$$

=28

These are the total number of matches 8 teams can play when each team plays 1 match against all the other teams.
Each team plays 2 matches. So total number of matches each team plays is 28*2 = 56

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19 Sep 2015, 17:01
Hi All,

This prompt is remarkably similar to the following prompt:

there-are-8-teams-in-a-certain-league-and-each-team-plays-134582.html

However, since each team plays each other team TWICE (and not just once), the total number of games played is doubled.

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08 May 2017, 07:40
If only one match is to be played :
Total number of match one team will play : 7 (with each of the 7 other team)

Hence all 8 teams will play : 7 x 8 Matches = 56 matches in all
However, this contains repeated matches for each team ..
Hence, in actual total matches will be = 56/2 = 28

So if 2 matches are to be played : 28 x 2 = 56 total matches
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