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Two members of a club are to be selected to represent the club at a national meeting. if there are 190 different possible selections of the 2 members, how many members does the club have?

A. 20
B. 27
C. 40
D. 57
E. 95

I know I can just plug in answer choices in to the formula n!/(n-r)!*r!=190

n=20


but I saw a explanation on this problem where they showed this step

n!/(n-2)! = n(n-1)

How is this step possible ?

Originally posted by arnijon90 on 10 May 2012, 08:15.
Last edited by Bunuel on 10 May 2012, 08:21, edited 1 time in total.
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New post 10 May 2012, 08:28
arnijon90 wrote:
Two members of a club are to be selected to represent the club at a national meeting. if there are 190 different possible selections of the 2 members, how many members does the club have?

A. 20
B. 27
C. 40
D. 57
E. 95

I know I can just plug in answer choices in to the formula n!/(n-r)!*r!=190

n=20


but I saw a explanation on this problem where they showed this step

n!/(n-2)! = n(n-1)

How is this step possible ?


Welcome to GMAT Club. Below is an answer to your question.

\(C^2_n=190\) --> \(\frac{n!}{2!*(n-2)!}=190\). Now, notice that \(n!=(n-2)!*(n-1)*n\), so \(\frac{(n-2)!*(n-1)*n}{2!*(n-2)!}=190\) --> \(\frac{(n-1)*n}{2}=190\) --> \((n-1)n=380\) --> \(n=20\).

Answer: A.

P.S. Please always post answer choices for PS questions. On the PS section one should always look at the answer choices before starts to solve a problem. They might often give a clue on how to approach the question.
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I have done this problem by substituting numbers


We have n!/2!(n-2)! = 190

or n(n-1)/2 = 190


n=20 satisfies the equation


arnijon90 wrote:
Two members of a club are to be selected to represent the club at a national meeting. if there are 190 different possible selections of the 2 members, how many members does the club have?

A. 20
B. 27
C. 40
D. 57
E. 95

I know I can just plug in answer choices in to the formula n!/(n-r)!*r!=190

n=20


but I saw a explanation on this problem where they showed this step

n!/(n-2)! = n(n-1)

How is this step possible ?
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arnijon90 wrote:
Two members of a club are to be selected to represent the club at a national meeting. if there are 190 different possible selections of the 2 members, how many members does the club have?

A. 20
B. 27
C. 40
D. 57
E. 95


Letting n = the number of members in the club, we have:

nC2 = 190

n(n - 1)/2 = 190

n^2 - n = 380

n^2 - n - 380 = 0

(n - 20)(n + 19) = 0

n = 20 or n = -19

Since the number of members can’t be negative, n = 20.

Answer: A
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