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mathmath333

  • one year ago

There are 20 people among whom two are sisters. Find the number of ways in which we can arrange them around a circle so that there is exactly one person between the two sisters?

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  1. mathmath333
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    \(\large \color{black}{\begin{align} & \normalsize \text{ There are 20 people among whom two are sisters. }\hspace{.33em}\\~\\ & \normalsize \text{ Find the number of ways in which we can arrange }\hspace{.33em}\\~\\ & \normalsize \text{ them around a circle so that there is exactly one}\hspace{.33em}\\~\\ & \normalsize \text{ person between the two sisters?}\hspace{.33em}\\~\\ \end{align}}\)

  2. jim_thompson5910
    • one year ago
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    Think of 20 slots laid out like this |dw:1442808790743:dw| I can't fit all 20, but you get the idea

  3. jim_thompson5910
    • one year ago
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    the first and third slots are locked up by the 2 sisters |dw:1442808843579:dw|

  4. jim_thompson5910
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    we have 20-2 = 18 slots left with 18 people left to fill them so there are 18*17*16*...*3*2*1 = 18! ways to fill up the rest of the slots now because there are 2 ways for the sisters to sit in the first and third seats, we double that to say 2*18! total ways to arrange the people

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    is answer 2*18!

  6. jim_thompson5910
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    yeah

  7. mathmath333
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    ok thanks

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