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    LaToyaM217
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    Please help w/a combination (i think)

    The question is How many different ways can 3 people be seated in 4 chairs?

    I am thinking that the 4C3 is wrong..but i dont know how to go about solving it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaToyaM217 View Post
    The question is How many different ways can 3 people be seated in 4 chairs?

    I am thinking that the 4C3 is wrong..but i dont know how to go about solving it.
    You are incorrect. Here's how to think about it:

    How many different ways can 4 chairs be distributed among 3 people?

    Answer: Use the pigeon hole principle: (4)(3)(2) = 24.
    Last edited by mr fantastic; February 8th 2008 at 05:24 PM. Reason: Added the red different.
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