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(A) n!/(n-k)! = n(n-1)(n-2)...(n-k+1)

true?

For example, let n=4 and k=2, then

4!/2! = 4x3x2x1 / 2x1 = 4x3 = 12.

I understand this example, but I can't make the connection with this and the right-hand-side of equation (A).

For example, why is our example above not

4!/2! = 4(4-1)(4-2)...(4-2+1).

I know this doesn't make any mathematical sense, but I can't understand how the equation on the right-hand-side of (A) is derived.

Thanks for your help.

M

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# Homework Help: Factorial : n!/(n-k)! = n(n-1)(n-2) (n-k+1) - why?

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