1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Distribution problem

  1. May 12, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    How many ways can a deck of 52 cards be broken up into a collection of unordered piles of sizes:

    Three piles of 8 cards and four piles of 7 cards?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    ohkay, the first step i used is to think of the different piles as labels and find all possible distribution of these labels among the 52 cards, that is equal to
    but i dont know what to do next.

    Thankyou for your help!
    Last edited: May 12, 2007
  2. jcsd
  3. May 12, 2007 #2

    matt grime

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    Try doing some smaller problems with fewer cards and fewer piles to see what you need to do.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook