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How many ways are there to put 5 balls in 2 boxes if the balls are not distinguishable and neither are the boxes?

tertre  Feb 20, 2018
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Box 1         Box 2

0                  5

1                  4

2                  3

 

 

 

 

3 ways ?   If things are indistinguishible....yah?

ElectricPavlov  Feb 20, 2018
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Thanks, EP! Great Explanation!

tertre  Feb 20, 2018
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I believe that EP's answer is correct.....we are looking for the number of ways to partition 5  into 2 parts.....these are :

 

5  0

4  1

3  2   =      3 ways

 

 

cool cool cool

CPhill  Feb 20, 2018
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Great job, CPhil! Amazing Explanation!

tertre  Feb 20, 2018

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