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#1 2013-01-08 16:16:18

infinitebrain
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Combinatoric/Probability Problem

Hi guys again! I need help with this problem:
Berry Kold Creamery has four flavors of ice cream: vanilla, pistachio,black walnut, and strawberry.The daily sundae has three scoops of ice cream. How many variations of the sundae are there?
I don't need the numerical answer, I would just like how you would set the combination for the question to solve it.
Thanks!
Edited to explain more clearly, I hope this helps bobbym

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#2 2013-01-08 16:29:20

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

Hi;

I am not understanding the terminology.

A creamery has four flavors.The daily sundae has three scoops.

Four flavors of ice cream? Three scoops of what?

If you just want 3 scoops of the 4 flavors then there are

different types.

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#3 2013-01-09 16:34:52

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

The total ways of getting a three scoop cone would be:

This is because we can get multiple stuff of one flavor.

I see you have graph paper.
You must be plotting something

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#4 2013-01-09 17:00:15

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

Hi cooljackie;

It is not that simple, there are 64 different sundaes if the order of the scoops counts 4 x 4 x 4 = 64 but only 20 if the order does not count.

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#5 2013-01-09 20:13:40

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

hi

Berry Kold Creamery has four flavors of ice cream: vanilla, pistachio,black walnut, and strawberry.The daily sundae has three scoops of ice cream. How many variations of the sundae are there?

To me, this means you can buy an ice cream called a daily sundae, which means you get three scoops of ice cream.  You can choose the flavours for your scoops: so you could have all three different; or have some repeats.  Order of repeats wouldn't matter; how you eat them is independent of the purchase order!

So I'll split the problem according to how many repeats.

(i) No repeats:  I can choose 4, then 3 then 2 = 4C3 = 4

VPW; VPS; VWS; PWS

(ii) Two the same,  third different: Choose the repeat in 4 ways, choose the one different   3  = 12

VVP; VVW; VVS;  PPv; PPW; PPS;  WWV; WWP; WWS; SSV; SSP; SSW.

(iii) All three the same.  = 4

VVV; PPP; WWW; SSS

Total = 4 +12 + 4  = 20

Bob

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#6 2013-01-10 00:35:24

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

Interestingly enough, the solution is also 6C3

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#7 2013-01-10 06:47:06

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

It is also bobbym's age but I'm sure it is just a coincidence.

Bob

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#8 2013-01-10 07:02:06

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

I actually got the solution 6C3 from using a GF:

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#9 2013-01-10 07:07:08

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

Until infinitebrain gives a little more...

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#10 2013-01-10 08:07:54

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

Hm?

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#11 2013-01-10 08:10:43

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

If order counts? If he wants different scoops or not.

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#12 2013-01-10 08:31:02

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

He does not. That is how you choose ice-cream scoops...

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#13 2013-01-10 09:28:52

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

He does not what?

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If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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#14 2013-01-10 09:33:06

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

He does not want it without repetitions.

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#15 2013-01-10 10:11:02

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

Then don't you think 64 is the answer as I said above?

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#16 2013-01-10 10:16:35

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

No, because you count vanilla, vanilla, strawberry combination 3 times! Order does not count.

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#17 2013-01-10 10:17:50

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

That is very good! So you agree with my answer of 20 in post #4 for when order does not count.

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If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
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#18 2013-01-10 10:22:56

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

Yes!

Look at post #8.

Last edited by anonimnystefy (2013-01-10 10:23:24)

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#19 2013-01-10 10:34:51

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

I know, I saw it. It is very good.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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#20 2013-01-10 10:45:17

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

And very simple...

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#21 2013-01-10 10:51:43

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

Hi;

Have you actually expanded your gf from post #8?

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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#22 2013-01-10 11:35:28

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

Fixed it. I had my GFs mixed.

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#23 2013-01-10 11:41:07

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

Hi;

Looking good!

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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#24 2013-01-10 11:57:53

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

Thanks!

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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#25 2013-03-08 12:34:03

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Re: Combinatoric/Probability Problem

Oh yes thanks guys for this! Thanks to you and a little more studying I figured it out!

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