
combination 2
4 men and their wives , 4 bachelors and 4 spinsters are travelling in two 8seater compartments of a train , one of which is a smoking compartment while the other is not . In how many ways can the party be split up if no wife is separated from her husband ?

I'm not sure about the method, but here goes:
Pair up each husband and wife as a "couple". So we have 4 couples, 4 bachelors and 4 spinsters.
Effectively we have 12 "seats"
Now, let's take the following cases.
1. All couples in one compartment .
No. of ways this can be achieved is 2
2. Three couples in one compartment,
No. of combinations = http://latex.codecogs.com/gif.latex?...3}\binom{8}{2} =224
3. Two couples in one compartment
No. of combinations = http://latex.codecogs.com/gif.latex?...2}\binom{8}{4}=840
4. One couple in one compartment
No. of combinations = http://latex.codecogs.com/gif.latex?...1}\binom{8}{6}=224
Total combinations = 1. +2. +3. + 4. = 450+840 = 1290?