# What's wrong here??

In how many ways the letters of the word "INSURANCE" be arranged so that the vowels never occur together?

This is how I did the problem,

Since number of permutations of n different things taken all at a time, when m specified things come together is $(n!-m!)\times (n-m+1)!$

Number of ways the vowels never occur together = $(9!-4!)\times (9-4+1)!$

which gives a value greater than the total number of permutations with that word!!!

How is it possible?Is the formula wrong?

Another way is to find answer is,

Number of ways vowels never occur together=Total permutations - No.of permutations in which vowels occur together =$\frac { 9! }{ 2! } -\frac { 6!\times 4! }{ 2! } =172800$

Is my second way correct? Note by Anandhu Raj
4 years, 11 months ago

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The Second way is unquestionably correct.

- 4 years, 11 months ago

What about the first one? Whether such a formula exist(seen it in a book)?

- 4 years, 11 months ago

No but if u have its a misprint.

- 4 years, 11 months ago

Thanks :)

- 4 years, 11 months ago

Also it is not stated that n and m are all distinct or not if you use the formula you can't take n=9

- 4 years, 11 months ago

May be!!:)

- 4 years, 11 months ago