Combinations and Permutations

nickar1172

New member
Reviewing for finals and got this question wrong:

How many different permutations are there of the letters in the word LOLLIPOP

what I did was 8P8, how would you solve this?

MarkFL

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The number of ways to order or arrange $n$ objects is $n!$. So, we want to look at the number of ways to order 8 letters, however, there are 3 L's, 2 O's and 2 P's. Hence, you want to take the total number of ways to arrange 8 letters, and then account for the fact that some of them are identical. Can you state how many would be identical?

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nickar1172

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so it would be 8P8/2!3!2! = 1680?

MarkFL

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Staff member
Yes, although I would simply write:

$$\displaystyle N=\frac{8!}{3!2!2!}=8\cdot7\cdot6\cdot5=1680$$