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July 1st, 2015, 09:42 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: May 2015 From: INDIA Posts: 28 Thanks: 1  simple permutation and combination.
Let n be the number of ways in which 5 boys and 5 girls could stand such that all the girls stand consecutively. Let m be the number of ways in which 5 boys and 5 girls could stand such that exactly 4 girls stands consecutively. Then the ratio n/m will be ? Please solve it, describing all the steps. Last edited by skipjack; July 1st, 2015 at 03:59 PM. 
July 1st, 2015, 09:51 AM  #2 
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If you have visited here but unable to solve it, then please type "no". It's so much annoying to have an unanswered question for hours.
Last edited by skipjack; July 1st, 2015 at 04:00 PM. 
July 1st, 2015, 12:16 PM  #3 
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So far you have posted this same problem twice. The first time you called it "advanced". The second time you called it "simple". Jonah said it right. Post what you have done. There are many people on this site who can help (not do it for you  help). Both times you posted this question you used the words "permutation" and "combination". Use them. 
July 1st, 2015, 10:00 PM  #4 
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Dear mrtwhs every post in this forum is a request in itself. I am not ordering others. helps are help. And why I asked peoples to type "no" is because there were no activity for long and I wondered whether peoples are able to access my question or not. And for the question. I have done m= 5! x 6! x 5! [five girls can arrange in 5! ways then the group taken as one could arrange in between boys in 6! ways and those boys arrange themselves in 5! ways.] n= 5C4 x 4! x 5! x 6! . [Four girls out of five are taken. They arrange in 4! ways. The remaining six persons can arrange in 6! ways. But the group of girls taken one can get 5 places, so they get there in 5! ways.] I know it's incorrect, so I request for help. Last edited by skipjack; July 1st, 2015 at 10:34 PM. 
July 2nd, 2015, 06:04 AM  #5  
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2010 Posts: 711 Thanks: 147  Quote:
m = the number of ways that 5 boys and 5 girls can line up so that the girls are together (the boys may be separated). Your answer for this (5! x 6! x 5!) is too big by a factor of 5!. First, line up the 5 girls (5!) and then line up the six objects boy1, boy2, boy3, boy4, boy5, and the girls (6!). So the answer for m is m = 5! x 6! See if you can now get n. Your final answer should be m/n = 1/5.  
July 2nd, 2015, 06:52 AM  #6 
Newbie Joined: May 2015 From: INDIA Posts: 28 Thanks: 1 
we could chose 4 girls out of 5 in 5c4 ways which arrange in 4! ways and then we arrange the six objects in 7! ways subtracting the possibility of all the girls together. so n would be. 5c4*4!*7!  ( situation of all girls to be together ) i have posted this question cause iam not able to solve. and not for fun or to test others. as mr mrt thinks. however i thank him for giving hint for how to find m of my question. iam not good in this part of algebra. so i request help. for now finding n. 
July 2nd, 2015, 08:00 AM  #7  
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_b1_b2_b3_b4_b5_ There are six blank spots. Pick one of them to put the group of 4 girls then pick a different one to put the solo girl.  
July 2nd, 2015, 08:25 AM  #8 
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so. five boys are arranged in 5! ways and four girls out of five 5c4 ways. then the group can be placed in six places in 6! factorial ways . and the last girl in remaining 5 places in 5! ways

July 2nd, 2015, 09:29 AM  #9 
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2010 Posts: 711 Thanks: 147  Close but not quite. 5c4 just chooses the girls. You then need 4! to line them up. Once lined up, you can put them into any one of the 6 blank spots in 6 different ways (not 6!). Then put the last girl in a different spot.

July 2nd, 2015, 09:51 AM  #10 
Newbie Joined: May 2015 From: INDIA Posts: 28 Thanks: 1 
does the last girl goes in remaining 5 places in 5 ways? will i have to multiply everything including 5 for the last girl? thankyou for this much help. iwas stuck invthis problem from yesterday. 

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