If a room had to seat 20 adults and their position didnt matter is it anymore or any less than simply being 20! to work out the number of combinations?

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- Sep 4th 2010, 08:48 AM200001Seating plans
If a room had to seat 20 adults and their position didnt matter is it anymore or any less than simply being 20! to work out the number of combinations?

Thanks - Sep 4th 2010, 09:09 AMSoroban
Hello, 200001!

I don't understand the question . . .

As written, the problem is quite silly.

Quote:

If a room had to seat 20 adults and**their position didn't matter**,

is it simply 20! to work out the number of combinations?

I must assume quite a bit that wasn't explained.

I assume: "number of combinations" means number of seating arrangements.

I assume: there are20 chairs in the room.*exactly*

I assume: there will beperson seated in any one chair.*one*

Since**their position doesn't matter**, any person can sit in any chair.

Therefore, there is*one*seating arrangement.

- Sep 4th 2010, 09:24 AM200001
No real need to call it silly is there?

How many way can 20 people be seated on 20 chairs?

20 chairs, 20 people

similar to how many ways can the letters ABC be arranged

AAA

AAB

ABA

and so on - Sep 4th 2010, 10:06 AMPlato
It still is silly. And your example is even sillier.

The number of ways to arrange the letters $\displaystyle A~B~\&~C$ isL

a) $\displaystyle 3!=6$ in a row; b) $\displaystyle \dfrac{3!}{3}=2$ in a circle.

Your example goes along with the question “how many three letter codes can be made with the letters $\displaystyle A~B~\&~C$". That is $\displaystyle 3^3=27$.

Now what exactly is the wording of your question. - Sep 4th 2010, 10:04 PM200001
Shall we just clarify:

I am not a mathematician. Its not my area of knowledge and I have asked for some basic advice.

Im sure its great you have spent years studying but to patronise a someone who is trying to learn is simply not required.

One day you will find an aspect of life you are not at ease with and ask for help. I can imagine you would not want the same response.

I shall pass on this one thanks. - Sep 4th 2010, 10:09 PMmr fantastic