1. ## Combinatorics Question

In how many ways can I package 6 colors of posterboard in packages of 5 posterboards each ?

2. Hello, fholik!

In how many ways can I package 6 colors of posterboard in packages of 5 posterboards each?

Assuming that the order of the colors in a package does not matter,
. . we are choosing 5 colors from the available 6 colors.

There are: . $_6C_5 \:=\:{6\choose6} \:=\:6$ ways.

3. ## Combinatorics Question

I misstated the original problem. If you have an endless supply of posterboard in 6 different colors, in how many ways can you package 5 posterboards ?

4. Originally Posted by fholik
I misstated the original problem. If you have an endless supply of posterboard in 6 different colors, in how many ways can you package 5 posterboards ?
If the first answer is not what you meant, then I assume that a package could contain say three yellow, one green and one red.
If that is the case this is a multi-selection problem.
We can select $K$ items from $N$ different kinds in $\binom{K+N-1}{K}$ ways.

5. ## Combinatorics Question

That is the solution I was looking for. Thank you. fholik