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Shuffling a deck of cards question?

  1. May 15, 2012 #1
    Is it statistically probable that a properly shuffled deck of cards will be in an order that has never before existed amongst other decks?
    Please explain!
     
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  3. May 15, 2012 #2

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    What do you think? How do you reach whatever conclusion you reach? How many ways can a deck of cards be ordered?
     
  4. May 16, 2012 #3
    Yes, it is extremely likely so, if you have a deck with, let's say, 52 cards, it means that there are 52! different ways to shuffle it, that number is gigantic, around 8*10^67 which is a number close to the number of atoms in the universe.

    In summary, every time you shuffle a deck properly chances are you have shuffled something no one has shuffled before... in this universe.
     
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