1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A group of 12 people is going out on the town on Saturday night. The group will take three cars with four people in each car. If they distribute themselves among the cars at random, what is the probability that Rafel and Chantal will be in the same car. 2. Relevant equations P (Rafel&Chantal) = # ways they are in the same car/ total # of outcomes. 3. The attempt at a solution This is what I have so far: I place these 2 in a car, so (10C2)(8C4)(4C4) / (12C4)(8C4)(4C4) Doing this I get 1/11 which is supposed to be the right answer, but however I'm confused and how this works because: (12C4)(8C4)(4C4) basically divides these 12 people into 3 groups each using a car, so you could have ABC BCA BAC, etc, etc Where A,B and C are groups, the positions represents a car. However the expression at the top (10C2)(8C4)(4C4) forces the 2 ppl to be in the first car ONLY. So I multiplied by 3, doing so I get 3/11 which is the wrong answer. I don't understand why, since the order matters for arranging all of them, how come you can only have the 2 people in the first car? Sorry if my I'm not describing the problem well, thanks!