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Homework Help: Basic math lol

  1. Feb 10, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Billy has 1 penny, 1 nickel, 1 dime and 1 quarter. How many different ways can he put his coins in the following board by placing one coin in each cell?

    Juan walks to school everyday. His walking speed is 1/15 mile per minute, and it takes him 30 minutes to get to school. His sister Gabriela bikes to school every day. Her biking speed is 1/10 mile per minute. How many minutes does it take Gabriela to get to school?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Not sure how to do the first one. The second one I got the answer by multiplying Juan's speed x time to get the distance he traveled. Then with that distance, I divided it by Gabriela's speed to get how long it takes her. But the problem says nothing about the distances being the same, I just don't know
     
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  3. Feb 10, 2010 #2
    I think you're right for the second question. The question implies the differences are the same because Gabriella and Juan probably live together and go to the same school! It's just an assumption you have to make ;)

    For the first question, was there more to the problem statement? It says something about "the following board" but I see no board :)
     
  4. Feb 11, 2010 #3
    oh, the first problem has a picture of a square divided into four squares, and you place a coin in each one. I don't remember how to do permutations (?) or combinations.
     
  5. Feb 11, 2010 #4
    See if this helps: you can think of the 4 squares as being just four spaces. So arranging them in square form, you could arrange them _ _ _ _, and it works out the same. Does that make sense?

    In this case you have a permutation, because the order that you put the coins down matters. So what do you think you should do? (Hint: how many ways can you fill the first space?)
     
  6. Feb 14, 2010 #5
    it is rather easy, in the first task you need to multiply 4x3x2x1 then you will have all the possibilities, to next task i would suggest you to do it across , i mean 1/15 -- 30 and below 1/10 -- x , multiply across, and you have a right answer
    good luck
     
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