# simple permutations

• Mar 14th 2010, 04:24 AM
differentiate
simple permutations
From the word, FORMULA, five letters are selected at random and arranged in a straight line. What is the probability that if one such arrangement is selected at random that the three vowels are together?

THANKS!!!
• Mar 14th 2010, 05:08 AM
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Originally Posted by differentiate
From the word, FORMULA, five letters are selected at random and arranged in a straight line. What is the probability that if one such arrangement is selected at random that the three vowels are together?

THANKS!!!

There are 7! arrangements of FORMULA

If the 3 vowels are together, take them as a group.
There are 5! arrangements of the group with the other 4 letters.
However the group itself can be arranged in 3! ways.
That's 3!4! arrangements with the vowels together.

If 5 of the 7 are chosen, there are $7p_5$ arrangements,
and there are 3! arrangements with the 3 taken as a group,
giving 3!3! arrangements that contain all 3 vowels.

The probability can be calculated then.