# Combination/probability question (High School level)

#### Micky1964

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Hi all. I'm doing a counting/probability problem here.
I can see how the correct answer for part b is arrived at by counting the number of combinations for "2 girls" then counting the number of combinations for "3 girls" , and adding these results.
But I've attached my first way of approaching it, which is wrong. Wondering if anyone can tell me why my approach doesn't give the correct answer. I know it's probably something obvious that I'm missing.
Thanks

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#### romsek

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With your method groups with 3 girls get counted 3 times each rather than once each.

#### Micky1964

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With your method groups with 3 girls get counted 3 times each rather than once each.
Thank you for replying. I can see that makes sense now.

So the best approach with these types of problems is to treat each situation separately? ie. find how many ways you can have 2 girls and 1 boy, then find how many ways you can have 3 girls and 0 boys, then add the 2 figures?

Mick

#### romsek

##### Member
Thank you for replying. I can see that makes sense now.

So the best approach with these types of problems is to treat each situation separately? ie. find how many ways you can have 2 girls and 1 boy, then find how many ways you can have 3 girls and 0 boys, then add the 2 figures?

Mick
It's a bit difficult to cite any approach as "best" given the variety of problems that exist but generally separating the cases helps ensure you won't multiply count specific situations.

#### Country Boy

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I think it odd that choosing students "to represent the class in a debate" would be done at random!

#### topsquark

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I think it odd that choosing students "to represent the class in a debate" would be done at random!
You clearly never went to my High School.

-Dan

#### Country Boy

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Yeah, I dropped out in the fourth grade!