Data Management Grade 12

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How many different five-letter words can be formed using the letters of the word STEVIN,
a) if only one vowel is to be used?
b) if both vowels are to be used and E is to precede I?
c) if both vowels must be used, they must be adjacent, and E is to precede I?
d) if either one vowel is to be used or E is to precede I?

  • Data Management Grade 12 -

    You must be familiar with the usual conventions of permutations, P(i,j), the number of ways of ordering i items out of j distinct items, where
    P(i,j)=j!/(j-i)!
    For example, how many 2 lettered words can be made of the letters a,b and c:
    P(2,3)=3!/(3-2)!=3!/1!=6

    a)
    You would be making 5 lettered words out of the 5 letters STEVN or STVIN.
    The number of words:
    P(5,5)+P(5,5)

    b)
    You'd be making words out of
    STEVI, STEIN, SEVIN, TEVIN
    for a total of
    4P(5,5) words.
    However, half of these words have the vowels in wrong order, so the answer should be 2P(5,5).

    c)
    Treat EI as one letter X, and choose 3 remaining letters to give
    STVX, STNX, SVNX, TVNX
    So you have 4P(4,4) words.

    d)
    The two cases are mutually exclusive, so we just have to add cases a) and c).

    Check my work.

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