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    How many ways can the number 51 be witten as the sum of 11 positive,odd number?

    Hi,
    Can anyone help me to find out How many ways can the number 51 be witten as the sum of 11 positive,odd numbers?

    Assume that the orders make the differences.
    Thanks alot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gravity2910 View Post
    Can anyone help me to find out How many ways can the number 51 be witten as the sum of 11 positive,odd numbers?
    Assume that the orders make the differences.
    Think of the eleven variables as different cells. To make them positive integers, think of each already containing a one. That leaves forty ones to put into the eleven cells. We think of them as two ones together. By adding two ones at a time the cell remains odd.
    So \binom{20+11-1}{20}.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plato View Post
    Think of the eleven variables as different cells. To make them positive integers, think of each already containing a one. That leaves forty ones to put into the eleven cells. We think of them as two ones together. By adding two ones at a time the cell remains odd.
    So \binom{20+11-1}{20}.
    Thank you very much, plato....
    But I'm still not so clear. If you put 20 pairs of one into 11 positions, It's look like the way to write 20 as the sum of 11 non-negative numbers. So are the total possibilities : (20+11-1|11-1) ???????????????? So why do you have (20+11-1|20)??
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    They equal.
    \binom{20+11-1}{20}=\binom{20+11-1}{11-1}
    \binom{N}{k}=\binom{N}{N-k}
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    Oh, I'm so stupid....I didn't think about it.......thanks alot.
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