There are 5 mangoes,10 apples and 15 oranges.Find number of ways to distribute 15 fruits to two persons.

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- July 7th 2009, 08:47 AMpankajPermutation and Combination
There are 5 mangoes,10 apples and 15 oranges.Find number of ways to distribute 15 fruits to two persons.

- July 7th 2009, 08:58 AMPlato
- July 7th 2009, 08:59 AMmalaygoel
There are 30 fruits

And does two mangoes are different from each other...or they can be assumed identical?

e.g. first mango is same as second mango????? - July 7th 2009, 09:02 AMRandom Variable
How about expanding and finding the coefficient of ?

- July 7th 2009, 09:53 AMRandom Variable
11304?

- July 7th 2009, 06:19 PMpankaj
But before that you need to select fruits.And then when you distribute them all fruits are not identical i.e there are different varieties of fruits.Your formula works only when all objects are alike and of same genre.

This would be number of ways to select fruits from given fruits and comes out to be .

Now,what is to be done.

Unless we take into account each selection separately then only can the answer be determined. - July 7th 2009, 06:28 PMRandom VariableQuote:

This would be number of ways to select http://www.mathhelpforum.com/math-he...1f8f2ff3-1.gif fruits from given http://www.mathhelpforum.com/math-he...9128303f-1.gif fruits and comes out to be http://www.mathhelpforum.com/math-he...b5fc2cb1-1.gif.

- July 7th 2009, 06:32 PMpankaj
15 fruits from available 30 fruits are to be distributed among 2 persons. It is not that one person gets one set of 15 fruits and the other gets a different set of 15 fruits.

For**malaygoel**

Fruits of the same type are identical - July 7th 2009, 06:50 PMRandom Variable
nevermind

- July 7th 2009, 07:19 PMbillym
Would it be

[30!/(5!10!15!)]*C(30,15)*C(16,15)

Like... the number of permutations of the 30 fruits mulitplied by the number of combinations of size 15 from 30 possible fruits mulitiplied by the number of different ways you can distribute 15 fruits to 2 people...

Way off? - July 7th 2009, 07:50 PMbillym
oops

- July 7th 2009, 08:08 PMmalaygoel
let us pick a collection of 15 fruits:

2 mangoes, 7 apples and 6 oranges.

now, these can be divided among two people in 3*8*7=168 ways

(these include the cases in which one of them don't get anything).

Let us say that this case corresponds to

Then all the solution will be given by ...subject to constraints:

If the reasoning till now is true, then the solution of given problem is the coefficient of in

- July 7th 2009, 08:44 PMRandom Variable
Yeah, my approach would only work if all the fruits were the same. (Doh)