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## #1 2012-12-18 02:35:52

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### boys and girls

6 boys and 6 girls are sitting in a row . Then the no. of ways  that boys and girls sits alternatively

my solution::

Using gap method::

here X  = denote boys and _ = denote girl

Then X _ X _  X _ X _  X _ X _

first we can arrange boys , which can be done in 6! ways

now arrange girls in 7 gaps ,

for that first we select 6 place out of 7 which can be  done in C (7,6) ways and now arrange these 6 girls

Which can we done in C(7,6) * 6! = 7!

So total no. of ways is = 6! * 7!

but answer is = 2*6! *6!

so where i have done mistake

Thanks

## #2 2012-12-18 02:49:35

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### Re: boys and girls

Hi;

I am getting 2 * 6! * 6! as the answer. Provided we are assuming the girls and boys are distinct which is reasonable.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #3 2012-12-18 02:56:01

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### Re: boys and girls

Yes bobbym you are right.

But where i have done mistake in my solution.

## #4 2012-12-18 03:06:22

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### Re: boys and girls

Arrange the girls first in a line;

_ G _ G _  G _ G _ G _  G _  = 6!

In the first _ 6 boys can go

_ G (6 boys ) G _  G _ G _ G _  G _

In the second 5 boys

_ G (6 boys ) G (5 boys )  G _ G _ G _  G _

all the way down to

_ G (6 boys ) G (5 boys )  G (4 boys) G (3 boys) G (2 boys)  G _

That can be done in 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 = 6!

So far we have 6! * 6!, now the last two slots

_ G (6 boys ) G (5 boys )  G (4 boys) G (3 boys) G (2 boys)  G _

the one remaining boy can go in 2 ways.

2 * 6! * 6!

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #5 2012-12-18 03:11:10

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### Re: boys and girls

#### jacks wrote:

But where i have done mistake in my solution.

#### jacks wrote:

now arrange girls in 7 gaps ,

You can't do that as that allows for possibilities in which there's a girl at both ends, which you don't want. The possibilities are either

X_X_X_X_X_X_

or

_X_X_X_X_X_X

Each set has
ways; hence there are
ways altogether.

## #6 2012-12-18 04:42:01

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### Re: boys and girls

Thanks bobbym and scientia.

but i did not understand the meaning of

You can't do that as that allows for possibilities in which there's a girl at both ends

## #7 2012-12-18 11:07:45

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### Re: boys and girls

You can't do that as that allows for possibilities in which there's a girl at both ends

Not at the same time!

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #8 2012-12-18 11:10:53

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### Re: boys and girls

Well, maybe the girls at the ends are in a superposition and our observation force the situation to enter one of the two possible states.

The limit operator is just an excuse for doing something you know you can't.
“It's the subject that nobody knows anything about that we can all talk about!” ― Richard Feynman
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## #9 2012-12-18 11:14:42

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### Re: boys and girls

Point is, sometimes it is a guy and sometimes it is not. Depending on what slot the last guy goes into.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #10 2012-12-18 11:15:45

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### Re: boys and girls

I was just kidding!

The limit operator is just an excuse for doing something you know you can't.
“It's the subject that nobody knows anything about that we can all talk about!” ― Richard Feynman
“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

## #11 2012-12-18 11:19:42

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### Re: boys and girls

Hmmmm. I know that. I know that you kid but you do not joke.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #12 2012-12-18 11:30:56

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### Re: boys and girls

#### bobbym wrote:

You can't do that as that allows for possibilities in which there's a girl at both ends

Not at the same time!

Exactly. Jacks's method allows girls to be at boths ends at the same tiem – that was where his proof went wrong.

He wanted us to tell him where his proof went wrong, didn't he?

## #13 2012-12-18 11:37:13

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### Re: boys and girls

Hi;

I agree.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.