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

a) 15
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c) 28
d) 56
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There are 8 teams in a certain league and each team plays each of the other team exactly once.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

Unable to understand how to break the statements to draw solution.


Each team has to play every other team, so each team plays 7 matches. So, 8 teams playing 7 matches each gives us 56 matches. However, each match is counted twice in this calculation, so we divide by 2 to get total number of unique matches. 56/2=28. Answer C
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There are 8 teams in a certain league and each team plays each of the other team exactly once.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

Unable to understand how to break the statements to draw solution.


Another approach to understand this question:

Make everyone stand in a line:
A B C D E F G H
A plays a game with each of the 7 others so 7 games. Now all A's games are done.
B plays a game with each of the 6 others ( C D E F G H) so 6 games. (The game of B with A has already been counted when we were counting A's games. So you just have to move forward, not back). All B's games are done.
Now C plays a game with each of the 5 others (D E F G H) so 5 games and so on till G plays 1 game with H.
Adding 7+6+5+...+1 = 7*8/2 = 28
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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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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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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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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 :( !!
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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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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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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


When each team plays each of the other teams exactly once, the total number of games played would be 8C2 = (8 x 7)/2! = 28 games, so when each team plays the other teams twice, 28 x 2 = 56 games are played.

Answer: D
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GMATD11 wrote:
There are 8 teams in a certain league and each team plays each of the other team exactly once.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


total games played games would be 8c2 ; 28
IMO C
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