## Circular Permutation??

if there are 7 boys and 5 girls, how many circular arrangements are possible if the ladies do not sit adjacent to each other.??

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i think :-

boys ways;-(7-1)=6!
now there are 5 girls and 7 seats(in b/w boys) so there are P(7,5) number of ways, the girls can sit.
p(7,5)=7!/(7-5)!

i.e, total no. of ways= 6!*p(7,5)
= 6!*7!/(7-5)!
= 1814400 (but this ans is wrong).

ans = 252 (in my book)

## Circular Permutation??

you have to divide by 12 (and not 2 * 12 = 24 as you can not mirror) at some step, as it is a circular placement.

252 is definitely wrong, look at the following (non-circular) configuration:

B g B g B g B g B g B B

This gives us 5! * 7! = 604.800 possibilities. Divide by 12 gives 50.400 possibilities. So the answer must be greater than (or equal to) 50.400

 My answer: $$\frac{( 21 +15) \cdot 5! \cdot 7!}{12} = 1.814.400$$ (this equals you answer)

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