Quiz 4: Combinatorics

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This quiz tests materials in the section called “Combinatorics”. If you are struggling with the questions go back and re-read the relevant material.

Question 1: If everyone had only two names, a first name and a family name, how many pairs of initials would be possible?

Choose the correct answer:

  1. \(26 \times 26\)

  2. \(26 \times 26 - 2\times 26\)

  3. \(2 \times 26\)

  4. \(26 \times 25\)

Question 2: Eva is choosing a new bank pin code. The rules for pin codes for her bank are as follows:

  • A pin code must have 4 digits.

  • No digit can be repeated in the pin code.

What is the number of possible pin codes that Eva could choose?

Choose the correct answer:

  1. \(1 \times 2 \times 3 \times 4 \times 5 \times ... \times 9\)

  2. \(9!\)

  3. \(10!\)

  4. \(10 \times 9 \times 8 \times 7\)

Question 3: A football league of MSc students at the LSHTM contains 8 teams. How many matches need to be played in order that each team plays once against every other team?

Choose the correct answer:

  1. \(^8 C_2 = \frac{8!}{2! 6!}\)

  2. \(\frac{8 \times 7}{2}\)

  3. Both options above.

  4. Neither option above.

Question 4: A MSc group contains 9 males and 11 females. In how many ways can a committee of two males and two females be formed from the class?

Choose the correct solution:

  1. \(1970\)

  2. \(1960\)

  3. \(1980\)

  4. \(1990\)

Question 5: A group of 6 male doctors and 6 female doctors is randomly divided into two groups of size 6 each. What is the probability that both groups will have the same number of men?

Choose the correct answer:

  1. \(^6 C_{12}\)

  2. \(\frac{12!}{6!}\)

  3. \(\frac{6!}{12! 12!}\)

  4. \(\frac{400}{924}\)