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January 29th, 2012, 11:27 AM  #11  
Global Moderator Joined: Oct 2008 From: London, Ontario, Canada  The Forest City Posts: 7,982 Thanks: 1166 Math Focus: Elementary mathematics and beyond  Re: Permutation and combinations (seating) Quote:
 
January 30th, 2012, 12:29 AM  #12 
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Order matters so it's a permutation. The empty seat has nothing to do with it and there's no stipulation about whether some particular chair has to remain empty. 
January 30th, 2012, 03:35 AM  #13 
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I like how you sound so definitive, Erimess. lol.

January 31st, 2012, 12:18 AM  #14 
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Well... LOL. I just have to hope my definitiveness means I'm right. (If I'm not too sure, I do try to be honest about that.)

January 31st, 2012, 01:29 AM  #15  
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January 31st, 2012, 10:48 PM  #16  
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