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patcho

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I'm not quite sure about this question:

'How many Ways can 6 distinguishable molecules be placed in 3 different energy levels with 3 molecules in the 1st level, 2 in the 2nd level and 1 in the 3rd level, ignoring energy required?'

If it was just how many ways to place them in 3 different levels it would be easy but how to always keep 3 molecules in the first, 2 in the 2nd and 1 in the first confuses me.

I know that the number of Ways is less than before and I'm thinking along the lines of having to divide the number obtained if it was just 3 different energy levels, by 3!2!1! (the number of molecules in each level). This gives: W=10 which I think is very wrong!

Any help appreciated!