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how many arrangements of the letters SWARMED are possible if A and R must be separated by at least 1 letter.

im night sure if this is a combinations or permutations question.

this is what i did. i found the total combinations if A and R are together which is 5!. A and R can be A and R or R and A so thats 2! so 5!*2! than total ways of arranging the letters are 7! so 7!- 5!*2! is the answer i get. i dont think this is right.

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Originally Posted by markosheehan
how many arrangements of the letters SWARMED are possible if A and R must be separated by at least 1 letter.
The way you want to count these is correct, but your count is off.
Look at $\boxed{AR},S,W,M,E,D$. There are $6!$ ways to arrange those six items (not 5!).
So why $7!-2\cdot 6!~???$

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sorry yes 6. 3600 is the right answer.

do you know when you use permutations vs combinations ? whats the difference

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Same as:
1234567
12 or 21 nowhere to be seen!

lowest: 1324567
highest: 7654231

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Originally Posted by markosheehan
do you know when you use permutations vs combinations ? whats the difference