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**Amartyanil****Member**- From: Universe
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Hi;

Can anyone please provide a detailed solution for this problem?

All the letters of the word 'EAMCOT' are arranged in different possible ways. Find the number of arrangements in which no two vowels are adjacent to each other

Is there any program for solving this? If yes, please provide the code.

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Amartyanil

First you could calculate the number of arrangements where there is no restriction.

Then imagine EA locked together as a single 'letter' and calculate how many ways you can arrange these five letters. Do a similar thing with AE etc*. Then subtract.

Bob

*You'll need to take care to avoid repeats caused by all three vowels together.

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Is there any program for solving this? If yes, please provide the code.

bobbym used to be a pro at doing these with mathematica. But you can do that with any other language too, with some work.

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**Amartyanil****Member**- From: Universe
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Can you please tell how the code will be looking?

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**Amartyanil****Member**- From: Universe
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Is the answer

?*Last edited by Amartyanil (2018-12-09 03:06:32)*

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Amartyanil

I've had another think about this problem and maybe got a simpler way to do it. Not getting 5! I'm sorry.

As there are 3 vowels (V) and 3 consonants (C) the 'structure' of a 'word' has to be:

VCVCVC or CVCVCV.

So I think there are 6 ways to assign actual vowels to the V positions (ie. 3 x 2 x 1) , and 6 ways to assign the consonants times 2 to allow for the two basic structures.

Bob

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Bob,

I like your strategy, but VCVCCV and VCCVCV are also valid arrangements because the constraint on adjacent letters only applies to vowels.

Those are the only other arrangements I could find.

That would double your answer, I think.

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Hi Phrontister,

Great to hear from you. That sound right.. Typical of me to leave out half the answers! I'll do my penance ... Listening to one hour of Brexit news should be sufficiently painful.

Bob

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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And there I was thinking that you were just testing me to see if I'd notice you'd only done half the job!

I feel your pain, having lasted just one minute of listening to the Brexit news that I woke up to this morning (yes, we down here sometimes hear about overseas goings-on too).

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Here's a solution (I think) using the permutations formula.

*Last edited by phrontister (2018-12-11 15:03:08)*

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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phrontister wrote:

And there I was thinking that you were just testing me to see if I'd notice you'd only done half the job!

Thanks! That's excellent. I shall use this excuse from now on. I've modified my signature.

Bob

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Thanks, Bob...I'll watch out for such!

Or are you playing 'Spot the Oxymoron'?

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