Aptitude Discussion

Q. |
A team of $8$ students goes on an excursion, in two cars, of which one can seat $5$ and the other only $4$. In how many ways can they travel? |

✖ A. |
9 |

✖ B. |
26 |

✔ C. |
126 |

✖ D. |
392 |

**Solution:**

Option(**C**) is correct

There are $8$ students and the maximum capacity of the cars together is $9$.

We may divide the $8$ students as follows

**Case I:** $5$ students in the first car and $3$ in the second

Or

**Case II:** $4$ students in the first car and $4$ in the second

Hence, in Case I: $8$ students are divided into groups of $5$ and $3$ in${^8C_3}$ ways.

Similarly, in Case II: $8$ students are divided into two groups of $4$ and $4$ in ${^8C_4}$ ways.

Therefore, the total number of ways in which $8$ students can travel is:

$={^8C_3} + {^8C_4}$

$= 56 + 70$

$= \textbf{126}$

**Akshay**

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**May**

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Why aren't the fact that those students could sit anywhere is not discussed?

Students can sit anywhere and terms, ${^8C_3}+{^8C_4}=126$ reflect this. Why do you feel its's not discussed?

Can you elaborate more?

**Suyog**

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could you please explain me how ${^8C_3}$ and ${^8C_4}$ came from case I and II respectively?

Case I says $5$ students in the first car and $3$ in the second. So it becomes choosing $3$ students from $8$ students or $^8C_3$ choices.

Similarly Case II says $4$ students in the first car and $4$ in the second. So it becomes choosing $4$ students from $8$ students or $^8C_4$ choices.

Thus total choices,

$={^8C_3}+{^8C_4}=126$

Saying that 5 students are seated in the first car and 3 in the second, why the condition that the 5 students sitting in the first car can be seated among themselves in 5! ways is not considered??

Similarly why is that the 3 students sitting in the second car can be arranged in 4C3 ways is not considered?? The same logic applies for case 2 also.