Abe, Bobby, Charles, Devin and Edwin are the participants in a race. How many different 1st-2nd-3rd place outcomes are possible if there are no ties? Two different outcomes to include are Bobby-Devin-Edwin and Devin-Bobby-Edwin.

So would I go 3x3x3 or 3x2x1? im confused

Guest Jan 16, 2019

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Hey Chris.....why would this NOT be 5 P 3 = 60

which would include the outcomes quoted in the question?

ElectricPavlov Jan 16, 2019

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Any 3 can finish 1st

And, after this, any 2 can finish second

So

3 x 2 = 6 possible finishing orders

CPhill Jan 16, 2019

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Best Answer

Hey Chris.....why would this NOT be 5 P 3 = 60

which would include the outcomes quoted in the question?

ElectricPavlov
Jan 16, 2019