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    Six people permutation

    We have 6 people, 3 men, and 3 women.

    On how many ways, can we sat them at a round table, on 6 chairs, but they must sit in this order: man, woman,man,woman... So the neighbour must be the opposite sex.

    Is this correct?

    \frac{3!*3!}{6}

    the six in the denominator is because it's a round table, and we can rotate them for one place, and would be the same so it's 6 for six places.
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    Re: Six people permutation

    Quote Originally Posted by Nforce View Post
    We have 6 people, 3 men, and 3 women.
    On how many ways, can we sat them at a round table, on 6 chairs, but they must sit in this order: man, woman,man,woman... So the neighbour must be the opposite sex.
    Is this correct?
    \frac{3!*3!}{6}
    No it is not correct. The correct answer is 2!\cdot 3!
    You tell us why.
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    Re: Six people permutation

    Ok, I made this on a long way, first man has 6 choices, second 2 and third one, and for the woman 3!, and because it's round we devided by 6.
    and, get...

    \frac{6*2*1*3!}{6} = 12

    it's tricky, but how did you get that 2! * 3! so fast?
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    Re: Six people permutation

    Quote Originally Posted by Nforce View Post
    Ok, I made this on a long way, first man has 6 choices, second 2 and third one, and for the woman 3!, and because it's round we devided by 6.
    and, get...
    \frac{6*2*1*3!}{6} = 12
    it's tricky, but how did you get that 2! * 3! so fast?
    The way you did it works. It is just different.
    To seat the six at the table in any order is \frac{6!}{6}=5!.
    There are \frac{3!}{3}=2! ways to seat the men in every other chair.
    There are 3! ways to seat the women at the remaining, now ordered, table.
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