There are 3 hangers and 5 shirts in a room. In how many ways, can these 5 shirts be arranged among the three hangers?

is it 5*4*3 or 3^5

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- August 22nd 2009, 11:05 AMarunachalam.sArrangements
There are 3 hangers and 5 shirts in a room. In how many ways, can these 5 shirts be arranged among the three hangers?

is it 5*4*3 or 3^5 - August 22nd 2009, 04:47 PMmr fantastic
- August 22nd 2009, 04:55 PMKhonics89
If all the shirts are the same your answer should be 5^3

If all the shirts are different your answer should be 5*4*3

Because if you think about it like this... (i'm assuming all the shirts are different)

The first hanger, we have a choice of 5, the second one we lost 1 shirt hence we have from a choice of 4 and on the 3rd hanger we have 3 shirts left...

hence 5*4*3 choices ;) - August 22nd 2009, 05:03 PMmr fantastic