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also, does "different" mean a permutation?
like for example, How many DIFFERENT license plates consist of five symbols, either digits or letters? Would that be a permutation?
differrent means number of combinations.
Permutation is used to find the different combinations.
in general try to think of permutations as being used when order matters and combinations when order doesn't
the license plate example is a permutation because you have a choice of symbols for each ordered position:
ex.: 3 letters then 3 numbers --> # of possibles = 26*26*26*10*10*10
the standard example for combinations is for choosing committee members i.e. a committee of Peter and Mary is no different than a one of Mary and Peter; a permutation would doubly count this. that why combinations have another factor in the denominator to divide by to correct for this.
perm. = n!/(n-r)! and combin. = n!/((n-r)!*r!)
if the license plate was a combination then ABC123 would be no different then B21CA3 or any other arrangement of the characters