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A mathematics journal has accepted 14 articles for publication. However, due to budgetary restraints only 9 articles can be published this month. How many ways can the journal editor assemble 9 of the 14 articles for publication?
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Can someone help me with this problem? A mathematics journal has accepted 14 articles for publication. However, due to budgetary restraints only 9 articles can be published this month. How many ways can the journal editor assemble 9 of the 14 articles for publication?
 one year ago
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
http://www.mathsisfun.com/combinatorics/combinationspermutations.html Has some information on combinations and permutations. I think I know the answer but I have to double check in case I'm wrong!
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alexwee123Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
i think you would use combination
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lgbasalloteBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
i believe this is a permutation problem since it says "assemble" so \[nPr = \frac{n!}{(nr)!}\] so \[14P9 = \frac{14!}{(149)!}\] if im wrong then im a monkey s uncle
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lgbasalloteBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
that was supposed to be monkey's uncle...accidentally pressed enter
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KainuiBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Try scaling the problem down to figure out a method of how to do it to understand how with a fewer so you can draw out the different ways with circles representing the articles. Playing around mathematics in this way will give you the better understanding of why you're doing all this factorial stuff.
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buddhababy002Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
whats with the exclamation mark?
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lgbasalloteBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
exclamation mark means factorial
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alexwee123Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
say that there are magazines a,b,c,d and say you need to pick out 3 of them but it really doesn't matter whether you pick out magazines a,b,c or b,a,c, order doesn't really matter
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alexwee123Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
because you would still pick out the same magazines ..
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lgbasalloteBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
\[n! \implies n \times (n1) \times (n2) \times \cdots \times 1\] for example \[5! \implies 5 \times 4 \times 3 \times 2 \times 1\] \[4! \implies 4\times 3 \times 2 \times 1\] \[8! \implies 8 \times 7 \times 6 \times 5 \times 4 \times 3 \times 2 \times 1\] etc.
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
I think it's a combination, since you don't want to pick magazines A, B, and C and then also consider the possibility B, C, and A!
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lgbasalloteBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
@alexwee123 doesn't "assemble" mean arranging?
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
\[\frac{n!}{r!(nr)!}\] ?
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alexwee123Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
umm i don't really think so :/ assemble usually means to bring together, congregate
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buddhababy002Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I'm still not getting it. and ive been working on this problem for like 30mins ..
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
You're right, I suppose so! I don't do well with math speak. I assumed that meant "choose", but assemble would probably mean permutation, and I have a feeling you'd know better than I.
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lgbasalloteBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
assemble really feels like an arrangement...
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lgbasalloteBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
i hate these fancy words =_=
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alexwee123Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
@lgbasallote but don't take my word for it :/ i'm pretty bad w/ differentiating between permutations and combinations
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Agreed. I looked up an example that specifically mentions how the problem is using "assemble", and it agrees with lgbasallote. "Determine how many ways you can assemble a pizza with ONLY three toppings (pepperoni, sausage, bacon). This will depend on the order that ingredients are placed on the pizza. For example, putting on pepperoni, then sausage, then bacon is different than putting on bacon, then pepperoni, then sausage." So I assume that order matters, and his equation is appropriate. This... is math...
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
If you agree, then we can help buddhababy002 with the problem if buddhababy002 still needs a hand! Haha!
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buddhababy002Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
let me check my text book
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buddhababy002Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Well, in my text book they give me two equations to use the first one is \[n ^{P}r\] (Permutation notation) and this one \[n^{C}r\] (Combination Notation)
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
You will want to use the formula lgbasallote gave if it is a situation where you want to consider different combinations of the same 9 articles. I'll post it here so it's lower and we don't have to scroll so much to see it. \[nPr=\frac{n!}{(nr)!}\] where the "!" is actually a mathematical symbol that operates on the quantity before it like in the following\[8!=8*7*6*5*4*3*2*1\]\[5!=5*4*3*2*1\]
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buddhababy002Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
how would i put that into a calculator?
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
I believe we should use \[nPr\] for the same reason lgbasallote stated; the problem used the word "assemble", indicating we should count the same elements (articles) in different orders. Like, maybe the guy want to know how many ways he can stack his pile of 9 articles. Do you have a "!" key?
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buddhababy002Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
okay.. let me check
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buddhababy002Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
yes i do have that key
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Okay, now I'm not sure about your calculator. What happens when you type in the number "14" and hit the "!" button?
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buddhababy002Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
i get fact (14) 87178291200
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
That's factorial! So you got it to work! Will your calculator let you put in all of the formula? \[\frac{n!}{(nr)!}\] Where n is the total number of articles and r is the number of articles you want to use?
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
And do you want me to explain the formula, just for your own conceptual understanding?
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buddhababy002Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
let me try the problem
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
I used an online site (wolframalpha.com) and got 726,485,760, so let me do it by hand quick..
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
I got the same answer. Maybe using the factorial key is complicated? Try writing down 14!, then (149)! = 5!, and then type in the division: of the 14! / 5!.
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Hmm.. I see a 120! Haha!
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buddhababy002Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
i got it.. lols thanks its so complicating
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
If you're using a calculator for a test, it's good to know how you have to deal with it, haha. No problem. Anything else I can help you with?
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
http://www.mathsisfun.com/combinatorics/combinationspermutations.html seems to be helpful in understanding combinations and permutations.
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
I can also attempt to explain, if you'd like!
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Explain the formula, for example.. But I don't know if I'll be able to explain it that well right now. I could try!
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Maybe I could explain it well now!
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buddhababy002Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
i think i kinda of got it.. thanks
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Alright! Good luck with everything! Thank you! :)
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