How many ways can you distribute 4 different balls among 4 different boxes?

QueenOfAllTrades Feb 8, 2021

#1**+1 **

So you have 4 boxes.

In the first box, you have to choose which ball you want to put in. You have 4 choices.

In the second box, you have to choose which ball you want to put in. This time, you have 3 choices because you already put one in the first box.

In the third box, you choose a ball to put in. Now you only have 2 balls left.

In the final box, you only have one ball left.

Therefore the amount of ways you can distribute these 4 balls is 4x3x2x1=24 ways.

I hope this helps :)

mimi997 Feb 8, 2021

#2**0 **

Incorrect, because the ORDER of the balls matter, and the boxes. Also, you can have more than one ball per box....

thx, anyway! :D <3

QueenOfAllTrades
Feb 8, 2021