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Samir and Mirdula each have distinct 7 books that they want to display on their shelves. Mirdula has lots of room on her shelf, however, Samir only has room to put 6 of his 7 books. Assuming that they fill up the entire shelf, who has more possible ways to arrange the books on their shelf? Why is this the case?

A waiter at a restaurant takes the drink order for a table of ten people but forgets to write down who ordered which drink. The orders are 5 cups of coffee, 3 glasses of water, 1 glass of milk, and 1 apple juice. How many different ways can the waiter deliver the drinks to the customers so that each customer gets one drink?

Consider all the ways to rearrange the letters of the word CALVIN, and arrange them in alphabetical order. In what position will CALVIN appear in? How about NIVLAC?

(*) Lisa wants to arrange 7 ornaments on her mantle. She has 2 identical cats, one mouse and 4 other different ornaments. If the mouse cannot be next to either of the cats, how many ways can they be arranged? Hint: Principle of Inclusion and Exclusion.

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TopNewestOn the blog, Saurabh Dubey posted that:

1->Samir has more options because he has to select 6 books out of seven (7!) and then arrange them so total of 6!*7! whereas Mirdula only has to arrange 7 books (7!).

2->The number of ways would be 10!/(5!

3!1!*1!) i.e 5040 ways.Discuss.

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Alexander wrote: "Consider the case where Samir only had one slot, it is obvious he has a smaller amount of ways to arrange the books than if he had more slots. The the most slots someone has the more ways they can arrange the books. From this logic Mirdula has more ways to arrange the books because she of the above logic and the fact she does not have any restrictions."

Discuss.

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There is a possible ambiguity in the first. Do they always try to fill up the whole space?

Also, #3 is very similar to project euler problem 24 Its one of the few that can be done by hand

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That is true, I've added that they fill up the entire shelf.

Lexicographic / alphabetical ordering is a common problem. You should think about what the general solution is like, and what is a quick way to approach it.

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1.Samir and Mirdula has equal number of ways to arrange the books. :) \( {^7\!P_7}=7!=7 \times 6 \times 5 \times 4 \times 3 \times 2 \times 1 = 7 \times 6 \times 5 \times 4 \times 3 \times 2 = {^7\!P_6} \).

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OMG what happened to latex?? Calvin help me!!

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I've edited the post for you, so you may click edit to see what I did.

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Can you think of an explanation which shows that these 2 values are equal, without knowing the actual calculation?

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Let the books of Samir be named \(a,b,c,d,e,f,g\) Let one of his arrangement be \(a.c.b.d.g.e\) Then he will have only one book left ie. \(f\) If he had space for another book he would be able to make only one arrangement ie. \(a.c.b.d.g.e.f\) which will correspond to one of Mirdula's arrangement.Similarly every arrangement of Samir's book will have a similar counterpart in Mirdula's arrangement of books.

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3.CALVIN comes in 131^th place. First I saw the number of arrangements taking A in the first place.It will be 5!.Then CA,then CAI,CAL and so on

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