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Thirty-six identical chairs must be arranged in rows with the same number of chairs in each row. Each row must contain at least 3 chairs, and there must be at least 3 rows. A row is parallel to the front of the room. How many different arrangements are possible?

(A) 2
(B) 4
(C) 5
(D) 6
(E) 10
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Thirty-six identical chairs must be arranged in rows with the same number of chairs in each row. Each row must contain at least 3 chairs, and there must be at least 3 rows. A row is parallel to the front of the room. How many different arrangements are possible?

(A) 2
(B) 4
(C) 5
(D) 6
(E) 10

r>=3, c>=3
(r,c) = (3,12), (4,9), (6,6), (9,4), (12,3)

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Rows Seats
3 12
4 9
6 6
9 4
12 3

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36 chairs.. so what we are looking for is number of factors of 36 = 9. Out of this we need to remove cases in which one of the factor is less than 3 i.e (36,1) (18,2) so 9-4 = 5

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The solution can be analysed as m*n type of arrangements which are
12*3
3*12
6*6
4*9
9*4
given the total type of arrangement
The Answer is C- 5
Please correct me if i am wrong
Also Suggest any shortcut method to reduce time

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Thirty-six identical chairs must be arranged in rows with the same number of chairs in each row. Each row must contain at least 3 chairs, and there must be at least 3 rows. A row is parallel to the front of the room. How many different arrangements are possible?

(A) 2
(B) 4
(C) 5
(D) 6
(E) 10


hi..
Shubhashri10, you are looking for a shortcut, then here is a method if you analyze what the Q is all about..

the rows and columns are nothing but factors of 36.
\(36=2^2*3^2\)... so number of factors are 3*3=9

but the rows and columns are ATLEAST 3..
so take out factors which are less than 3 ;- 1 and 2, so TWO
but these 2 can take value of rows or columns so TWO ways

total 2*2=4

ans = 9-4=5
C
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Thirty-six identical chairs must be arranged in rows with the same number of chairs in each row. Each row must contain at least 3 chairs, and there must be at least 3 rows. A row is parallel to the front of the room. How many different arrangements are possible?

(A) 2
(B) 4
(C) 5
(D) 6
(E) 10


hi..
Shubhashri10, you are looking for a shortcut, then here is a method if you analyze what the Q is all about..

the rows and columns are nothing but factors of 36.
\(36=2^2*3^2\)... so number of factors are 383=9

but the rows and columns are ATLEAST 3..
so take out factors which are less than 3 ;- 1 and 2, so TWO
but these 2 can take value of rows or columns so TWO ways

total 2*2=4

ans = 9-4=5
C


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Would you please explain the green-colored part of your post above.

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Thirty-six identical chairs must be arranged in rows with the same number of chairs in each row. Each row must contain at least 3 chairs, and there must be at least 3 rows. A row is parallel to the front of the room. How many different arrangements are possible?

(A) 2
(B) 4
(C) 5
(D) 6
(E) 10


We could have the following arrangements:

3 rows of 12 chairs per row

4 rows of 9 chairs per row

6 rows of 6 chairs per row

9 rows of 4 chairs per row

12 rows of 3 chairs per row

We see that the number of arrangements is 5.

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chetan2u wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
Thirty-six identical chairs must be arranged in rows with the same number of chairs in each row. Each row must contain at least 3 chairs, and there must be at least 3 rows. A row is parallel to the front of the room. How many different arrangements are possible?

(A) 2
(B) 4
(C) 5
(D) 6
(E) 10


hi..
Shubhashri10, you are looking for a shortcut, then here is a method if you analyze what the Q is all about..

the rows and columns are nothing but factors of 36.
\(36=2^2*3^2\)... so number of factors are 383=9



but the rows and columns are ATLEAST 3..
so take out factors which are less than 3 ;- 1 and 2, so TWO
but these 2 can take value of rows or columns so TWO ways

total 2*2=4

ans = 9-4=5
C


Hi,
Would you please explain the green-colored part of your post above.

Thank you


hi..
sorry for the error..
it is 3*3=9
basically (2+1)(2+1)
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