I am having real trouble figuring out when to use these two formulas:
c(k + t - 1, t-1) and c(k + t - 1, k)
where k is equal to number of selections
t is equal to number of elements; number of groups items are in I guess is another way to state that
For example:
There are piles of red, green and blue balls; each pile has at least 10 balls in it. How many ways can you select 10 balls?
I would think it would be c(10 + 3 - 1, 3-1) but the answer the book gives is c(10 + 3 - 1, 10)
Another one is:
How many ways can 10 be selected if exactly one red ball must be selected?
I get c(9 + 2 - 1, 2-1) but again the answer is c(10 +2 -1, 9)
Please help this confused person!!!!
You have a bag with twenty balls in it. six red six green and 8 purple
How many ways can we select 5 balls if balls of each specific color are identical?
i think this is 20!
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6!6!8!
Could you tell me if this is correct? Thanks again folks very much.
PLato, I finally get it. It still does not seem like it should be true but I have tried several using either value k or the number you are choosing - 1 and they are equal. I do not know why it is so hard for me to grasp but I appreciate your patience. Maybe there is someone else out there that was also confused and this will help them before they get as frustrated as I did! Thank s again for the assistance.
Did you ask for a combinational proof elsewhere?
Here is an example. If we have a group of ten from which we choose three then there are seven not chosen. On the other hand, if we choose seven then there are three not chosen. From n if we choose k then there are n-k not chosen and visa-versa.