Posted by **jen** on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 10:57pm.

A deli offers its cheese sandwich with various combinations of mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes,

pickles, and sprouts. 5 types of cheese are available. How many different cheese sandwiches are

possible?

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**Reiny**, Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 11:07pm
the toppings on each sandwich can be done in 8 ways, the number of subsets of 3 elements. This will include the nullset, or no toppings.

The wording is not clear as to how many cheeses can go on a sanwich.

e.g. can you have a sandwich with 3 different cheeses?

I will assume we can only have one of the 5 cheeses, so the number of different sandwiches is 5(8) or 40.

If you can have any combination of cheese, there would be 2^5 - 1 or 31 ways to have just the cheese sandwich.

(I subtracted one to exclude the case of no cheeses. After all it is called a "cheese sandwich")

So in that case there would be 5(31) or 155 different sandwiches.

Your call.

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