Given two sets A: {15, 16, 17, 18, 19} and B: {8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14}. If C= A + B, then how many distinct values are possible for C?

12?

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- July 26th 2010, 07:22 AMsfspitfire23sets
**Given two sets A: {15, 16, 17, 18, 19} and B: {8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14}. If C= A + B, then how many distinct values are possible for C?**

12?

- July 26th 2010, 07:33 AMBacterius
Well notice that the set A + B is neither included in the set A nor in the set B. Therefore the number of combinations are 5 (the number of elements in A) + 7 (the number of elements in B) = 12.

That is because the smallest element in A is 15, and in B it is 8. Yet, 15 + 8 = 23 which is greater than the greatest element in A or B. Do it the other way too, and you have a proof (I think (Wondering)). - July 26th 2010, 09:32 AMundefined