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Activity Discussion Math combinations Reply To: combinations

• ### Chantel

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July 19, 2024 at 2:40 pm
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Combinations are a way of counting the number of unique subsets that can be formed from a set of elements. In other words, combinations answer the question “how many different ways can I choose a certain number of items from a larger set of items?”

The formula for calculating the number of combinations is:

C(n,r) = n! / (r! * (n-r)!)

Where:

n is the total number of items in the set

r is the number of items being chosen

! represents the factorial operation

For example, if you have a set of 5 items (n=5) and you want to choose 3 of them (r=3), the number of possible combinations would be:

C(5,3) = 5! / (3! * (5-3)!)

= 120 / (6 * 2)

= 10

So there are 10 unique ways to choose 3 items from a set of 5 items.

Combinations are commonly used in probability, combinatorics, and various other areas of mathematics and computer science. They are a fundamental concept for understanding how to count the number of possible outcomes in situations involving selection or arrangement of elements.

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