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Homework Help: P & c

  1. Sep 17, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    There are 5 girls and 2 boys. A committee of 3 members is to be formed such that there is at least one boy in the committee. Find the number of ways of doing so.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    One place is fixed for a boy. So choosing one boy out of 2: 2C1
    I am left with 2 places and 6(5 girls+1 boy left) people to choose from, therefore number of ways = 6C2
    Total ways= 6C2 *2C1

    But my book gives me the answer 25. What is wrong with my solution???????? :yuck:
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  3. Sep 18, 2008 #2


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    You choose either 1 boy or 2 boys. Split the cases up.
  4. Sep 18, 2008 #3
    you are counting the same case twice. Consider i choose boy A first(in the 2C1 way), and then while choosing two from the other 6 i choose boy B, and a girl.

    In another way, i can choose boy B first, and then A and a girl. they both give the same selection, but you are counting both.

    Subtract from your answer all those cases in which both boys are there. does it give you your answer??
  5. Sep 18, 2008 #4
    Thank you very much. I now understand my folly.
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