Question: If the papillae (bumps on your tongue) can sense 5 basic tastes and any combination of those tastes produce a unique taste, how many possible unique taste can you have?
Misconception: 4+3+2+1 = 10 unique tastes, but that only accounts for non-repetitive pairs of tastes. In this problem, any number of the 5 basic, different taste can account for 1 unique taste (e.g., taste A,B,C can mix to create 1 unique taste). With that in mind, how many possible unique taste can you have?
My 2nd answer: 16 unique tastes.
(4+3) + (3+2) + (2+1) + 1
Please do the question and see if your answer matches up with my 2nd answer.