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I am a little confused at how to solve the Permutations

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I am a little confused at how to solve the following problem:

In how many ways can five distinct Martians, ten distinct Vesuvians, and eight distinct Jovians wait in line if no two Martians stand together?


What is throwing me off is the addition of another group - if it was just Martians and Vesuvians it would be easy. My guess is P(10,5) = (10*9*8*7*6)

Am I correct or did I mess this up?
 

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It doesn't matter how the Vesuvians and Jovians stand so thinking of these as ALIENS you DO have two groups 5 Martians and 18 ALIENS
 
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So my calculation was wrong? It should be P(18,5) ?
 
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How many ways could you arrange the ALIENS? Remember they are all distinct.

How many ways could you then slot in the Martians to meet the conditions?
 
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Right - Because there are 18 Vesuvians and Jovians, the Martians can either fit in the front of the line, middle or end of the line. In which case there would be 19 spots where they could fit in line. P(19,5) = 1,395,360
 
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Right - Because there are 18 Vesuvians and Jovians, the Martians can either fit in the front of the line, middle or end of the line. In which case there would be 19 spots where they could fit in line. P(19,5) = 1,395,360
Is this right?
 

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