Fundamental Principles of Counting

Permutation and combinations of Class 11

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF COUNTING

(a) Multiplication Principle

There are m ways in doing a job and n ways of doing another job, then number of ways of doing both the jobs together is m × n.

(b) Addition Principle

Under the above situation, number of ways of doing either one job or the other
is m + n.

(ii) The number of ways of arranging n distinct objects in a row taking r(0 ≤ r ≤ n) at a time is nPr = n(n − 1)……(n − r + 1)

= Fundamental Principles of Counting

which obviously means that

nP0 = 1, nP1 = n and nPn − 1 = nPn = n!

(iii) The number of ways of arranging n distinct objects along a circle is (n − 1)!.

(iv) The number of ways of arranging n beads along a circular wire = Fundamental Principles of Counting.

(v) The number of permutation of n things taken all at a time, p being alike of one kind, q of another kind, r of the third kind and the remaining n − (p + q + r) are all different is .

(vi) Number of ways of distributing 'n' distinct things among 'r' persons such that there is no restriction on number of things received by a person is rn.

(vii) The number of ways of selecting r(0 ≤ r ≤ n) objects out of n distinct objects is denoted by nCr = Fundamental Principles of Counting, if r > n then nCr = 0.

Note the following facts.

(a) nC0 = nCn = 1 (b) nCr = nCn − r

(c) nCr + nCr - 1 = n + 1Cr (d) nCx = nCy ⇔ x = y or x + y = n

(e) nCr = × n - 1Cr - 1 (f)

(viii) The number of ways of selecting at least one object out of n distinct objects = 2n - 1.

(ix) The number of combination of r things (r ≤ n) out of n identical things is 1.

 (x) The number of ways of selecting r objects from n objects = (r + 1), r = 0, 1, 2….. n.

(xi) The number of combinations of n distinct objects taking r at a time when k particular objects always occur is n - kCr - k. If k particular objects never occur then the number of combinations of n distinct objects taken r at a time is n - kCr.

(xii) If out of p + q + r + s things, p are alike of one kind, q alike of the other kind and r alike of the third kind and s are different then the total number of ways of selecting at least one thing is (p + 1) (q + 1) (r + 1)2s − 1.


(xiii) The number of factors of n = , where m1, m2, ….. mk are different primes is (α1 + 1) (α2 + 1) …. (αk + 1).

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