In how many ways can the letters in "mississippi" be arranged such that there are no consecutive s's?

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- January 21st 2010, 08:29 PMjmedsycombinations
In how many ways can the letters in "mississippi" be arranged such that there are no consecutive s's?

- January 22nd 2010, 07:57 AMmathaddict
- January 22nd 2010, 08:09 AMGrandad
Hello jmedsyIf, to begin with, we ignore the

*s*'s, there are arrangements of the remaining letters, which have repeated*i*'s and repeated*p*'s.

Now imagine that these 7 letters are arranged with a space in between each, and an additional space at each end. That's 8 spaces in all. 4 of these 8 spaces must be chosen to contain an*s*; and there are ways of doing this.

So I reckon the answer is:

ways.Grandad

- January 22nd 2010, 03:50 PMjmedsy