Results 1 to 3 of 3

Math Help - Calculating possible combinations

  1. #1
    Newbie
    Joined
    Feb 2013
    From
    Connecticut
    Posts
    1

    Calculating possible combinations

    Hi,
    I have a question regarding calculations (that should be relatively simple).
    This involves one question on a survey. The question is made up of 17 different subquestions. For each subquestion, there are 5 answers to choose from (Not at all, A little, Moderately, Quite, Extremely).

    I was hoping someone could help me figure out how to calculate the number of combinations there are if you're answering all 17 questions with the 5 choices. You can answer any of the questions with any of the answers as many times as is necessary (for instance, a person could answer all 17 questions with "not at all").

    It has been suggested the solution would be 5^17. Do you think this is correct?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!
    Follow Math Help Forum on Facebook and Google+

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Joined
    Feb 2013
    From
    cork
    Posts
    68
    Thanks
    7

    Re: Calculating possible combinations

    that seems right to me.
    Follow Math Help Forum on Facebook and Google+

  3. #3
    MHF Contributor

    Joined
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    18,605
    Thanks
    1574
    Awards
    1

    Re: Calculating possible combinations

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheesh19 View Post
    Hi,
    I have a question regarding calculations (that should be relatively simple).
    This involves one question on a survey. The question is made up of 17 different subquestions. For each subquestion, there are 5 answers to choose from (Not at all, A little, Moderately, Quite, Extremely). [/COLOR]

    If we assume that each question must be answered with one of the options then yes it is 5^{17}.

    If questions can be skipped then the answer is 6^{17}.
    Follow Math Help Forum on Facebook and Google+

Similar Math Help Forum Discussions

  1. Calculating Possibilities and Combinations
    Posted in the Advanced Statistics Forum
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: December 21st 2011, 11:17 AM
  2. [SOLVED] Calculating number of possible combinations
    Posted in the Statistics Forum
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: October 5th 2010, 04:32 AM
  3. Combinations
    Posted in the Discrete Math Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: January 25th 2010, 09:00 PM
  4. possible combinations??
    Posted in the Statistics Forum
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: January 25th 2009, 12:59 AM
  5. Calculating the Number of Combinations?
    Posted in the Statistics Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: March 27th 2006, 03:42 AM

Search Tags


/mathhelpforum @mathhelpforum