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## Homework Statement

Hi say I have 2 identical tin cans and I want to hand it out to three people B,C,D

I have three ways of doing this by giving all 2 cans to person B, then to person C, then to person D.

Then I have another 2 ways by giving person B 1 can, and C one can. Also person B 1 can, and person D one can.

So far I have a total of 5 ways.

The only way that is left is to give person D one can, and person C one can.

So I get a total of 6 ways.

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## The Attempt at a Solution

I am trying to find a generalized way of doing this (not having to draw people and cans.)

It seems to me that this is different than a permutation, and combination.

For example handing out 3 cans to 3 people yields 10 possible ways.

Is there any topic that I can read that will introduce me to how I can do this?

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