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**CEHolcomb****Guest**

I have a little Mexican restaurant. We offer a make-your-own menu. I would like to know how many possible combinations exist.

We are building a burrito

First step, Column A-Choose one out of six meat options

Second, Column B-Choose between Rice Only, Beans Only, Rice & Beans together, or none at all (Four choices)

Third, Column C-Choose between 15 diferrent veggies, cheese, and extras. You can choose all of them, some of them, or none of them

Fourth, Column D-Choose one out of seven salsas.

Can anyone help me with this number?

Thank you. Whoever helps me gets some free burritos and beverages.

Chuck Holcomb

**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi CEHolcomb

*Last edited by anonimnystefy (2012-08-03 10:36:48)*

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**TheDude****Member**- Registered: 2007-10-23
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First multiply the number of options available in steps 1, 2, and 4. This gives you 6 meat options X 4 rice/bean options X 8 salsa options (assuming you can choose no salsa) = 192.

Now you need to determine the number of ways of choosing options in step 3. This looks like

Multiply those together and you get a total of 192 X 32768 = 6,291,456 possible combinations.

Wrap it in bacon

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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It looks like it all depends on whether you can choose no salsa or not.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi CEHolcomb;

I am very hungry! Welcome to the forum!

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**noelevans****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-20
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Hi CEHolcomb!

All three answers are Humongous! You might consider hiring someone to counsel your customers

or offer a course in "menu choices." Does it take the customers quite a while to make all of these

choices? It might take a while to go through millions of possibilities (ha ha)!

Have a "choice" day!

Writing "pretty" math (two dimensional) is easier to read and grasp than LaTex (one dimensional).

LaTex is like painting on many strips of paper and then stacking them to see what picture they make.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi noelevans

There are only two answers.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**noelevans****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-20
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You are right stefy! I think I pulled in a "dyslexia" moment. Humongous anyway, eh?

Writing "pretty" math (two dimensional) is easier to read and grasp than LaTex (one dimensional).

LaTex is like painting on many strips of paper and then stacking them to see what picture they make.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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There is only one answer. I will be eating till I explode.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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We were talking about the number of potential answers that were posted here. Eat what?

*Last edited by anonimnystefy (2012-08-03 09:54:45)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I believe I got the little guy. Oh, he will wiggle but I will reel him in!

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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The little guy?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You know him.

The free food of course.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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But I gave the correct answer first.

What little guy? J-R 0 |) ?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hmmm. I think I was first, please check post #2

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Post #2 is mine. And the answer is the same as yours.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Why it is! Very good. I could have sworn that 5 was on the bottom but now I see it is on the top like it belongs. Me olde eyes failing me again.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi bobbym

Yes, that five was on the bottom. I typed out the LaTeX wrong.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I already know that.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Then there's nothing to discuss. We wait to see if the OP has any questions.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I have several questions for the OP.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Which questions?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It would be where do I go to get my dinner.

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