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April 11th, 2011, 08:12 AM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Dec 2010 Posts: 233 Thanks: 0  Probability(combination)
1.How many diagonals does an octagon have? 2.16 students are divided into 3 groups,with group A having 9 students,group B having 4 students with the rest in group C.Calculate the number of ways to form a)the 3 groups b)the 3 groups with 4 particular students who must be in group A I don get it how question 1 relate to combination.please help me and question 2 too.thx 
April 11th, 2011, 12:15 PM  #2  
Math Team Joined: Dec 2006 From: Lexington, MA Posts: 3,267 Thanks: 407  Re: Probability(combination) Hello, hoyy1kolko! Quote:
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April 12th, 2011, 03:33 AM  #3 
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but the answer provided for question 2(b) is 27720.


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