4.6 Book Exercise
gracehubrig
I am unsure how to do this problem. I thought it was generations of choice with the first generation being the ways that one person can get all 3 candies (5 ways). I am stuck on the second generation trying to figure out the ways where 1 person gets 2 candies while another person gets 1 candy. Does anyone know how to calculate the second generation?
andrearamirez: Jan. 29, 2015, 4:35 p.m.
You can break down the problem into different sets: I. 1 person gets all 3 candies II. 1 person gets 2 candies III. 1 person gets 1 candy and then add them up.
weisbart: Feb. 1, 2015, 10:54 a.m.
You can do it this way andrearamirez, and it will work. But there is perhaps an easier way. What if you consider the candies as determining generations of choices and the people as the choices made for each generation? You assign a person to a candy...
neelems: Feb. 4, 2015, 4:06 p.m.
so if there are three candies and 5 options for each candy (there are five people who can get the candy), then is the answer 5^3?
weisbart: Feb. 5, 2015, 7:35 p.m.
Exactly, good job neelems.