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What I did was to consider the 2 families, the 2 woman and 2man as 6 groups of people.

6!(3!)(3!)=25920

but correct answer is 43200

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What I did was to consider the 2 families, the 2 woman and 2man as 6 groups of people.

6!(3!)(3!)=25920

but correct answer is 43200

- Jan 26, 2012

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So you have to consider the cases in which seats 10 and 1 correspond to the same family too.

- Jan 28, 2012

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this is a round combination

So, formula is (n-1)!

no.of.ways is 5!(3!)(3!)= 4320

Now the seat are numbered,

then i can more these combinations 1 seats,2seata,......9 seats apart from the original one

so,number of ways is 43,200

Two families are at a party.

The first family consists of a man and both his parents

. . while the second familly consists of a woman and both her parents.

The two families sit at a round table with two other men and two other women.

Find the number of possible arrangements if the members of the same family

. . are seated together and the seats are numbered.

Answer: 43,200

Duct-tape the families together.

We have: .$\text{(M, P, P)}$ . . . and they have $3!$ possible orders.

We have: .$\text{(W, P, P)}$ . . . and they have $3!$ possible orders.

We also have: .$m,\:m,\:w,\:w$

$\text{M}$ has a choice of $10$ seats.

When he is seated, he and his family occupy three seats.

Among the remaining seven seats, $\text{(W, P, P)}$ has $5$ choices for seating.

. . (Think about it.)

Then the remaining four people can be seated in $4!$ ways.

Therefore: .$(3!)(3!)(10)(5)(4!) \:=\:43,200$ arrangements.

- Jan 28, 2012

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I Wanted to know whether my logic holds good for every similar problem??

this is a round combination

So, formula is (n-1)!

no.of.ways is 5!(3!)(3!)= 4320

Now the seat are numbered,

then i can more these combinations 1 seats,2seata,......9 seats apart from the original one

so,number of ways is 43,200

Your logic is correct. But why complicate matters?I Wanted to know whether my logic holds good for every similar problem??

Once the seats are numbered, we no longer have a circular table.

So there is no need for that.