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**Mathsnewbie** I was wondering if someone could help take me through how you'd solve the following permutations:

Sorry if it looks weird, don't know how to create bigger brackets, LHS and RHS are both meant to be within the same sets of brackets not separate.

1. Simplify and find the sign of

(1 2 3 4 5 6) * (1 2 3 4 5 6)

(2 4 3 6 5 1) (1 3 6 2 4 5)

Now I'd know how to solve these individually, the LHS would go to (1246)(3)(5) which would go to (1246)

Similarly I know how to do the RHS but don't know how to begin when multiplying two.

2. Simplify and find the sign of

(2,6)(1,2,3,4,5)(1,4,6)

I'm not sure how to go about simplifying this