This lesson will cover a few more examples relating to combinations. Let’s begin.

**Example 1 **There are 10 points in a plane, no 3 of which are collinear. How many different lines can be formed by joining these points?

**Solution** To form a line, all we need to do is select any 2 points (subtask 1), and then join them (subtask 2). The number of ways to select any points (out of 10 distinct points) will be ^{10}C_{2}. Once we select the points, there is only 1 straight line which will be formed using these points. Therefore the number of lines will be ^{10}C_{2} x 1 or 45. Here’s a crazy figure to illustrate.

**Example 2 **Suppose 4 of the 10 points in the previous example were collinear, and no three of the remaining are collinear. Find the number of straight lines which can be formed. Also find the number of triangles which can be formed.

**Solution **Since 4 particular points are now collinear, there will be only 1 line which will be formed by joining any 2 of these 4, instead of ^{4}C_{2} if they had been non collinear. So, we’ve lost ^{4}C_{2} or 6 lines, and instead we got only 1. Therefore, the total number of lines will be ^{10}C_{2} – ^{4}C_{2} + 1 = 40

There is one more way in which we can calculate the number of lines. Let’s divide the points in two groups: the collinear group of 4 points, and the non-collinear group of 6 points.

To count the number of lines, we have three possible cases. First, the lines formed using the points of the collinear group – only 1 line. Second, the lines formed using only the points of the non-collinear group – ^{6}C_{2} or 15 lines. Third, select one point from the collinear group (^{4}C_{1} ways) and the other from the non-collinear group (^{6}C_{1} ways) – the number of such lines will be ^{4}C_{1} x ^{6}C_{1} = 24.

Therefore the total number of lines will be 1 + 15 + 24 = 40. This was a bit longer method, but nevertheless an important method of counting – dividing into subcases and adding the results together. Another crazy figure..

What about the number of triangles?

Suppose all of the points were non-collinear. The number of triangles would have been ^{10}C_{3}, because to form a triangle, we need to select any three points.

But! There are four culprit points, which won’t form a triangle, as they are collinear. We’ve lost ^{4}C_{3} triangles, which would have been formed, had these 4 been non-collinear.

Therefore, the total number of triangles is ^{10}C_{3} – ^{4}C_{3}.

Try using the second method (of making cases) and see if you arrive at the same answer.

**Example 3 **A deck of cards contains 52 cards with 4 different suits, and 13 kinds of cards in each suit, as shown below.

#### A♠ 2♠ 3♠ 4♠ 5♠ 6♠ 7♠ 8♠ 9♠ 10♠ J♠ Q♠ K♠

#### A♥ 2♥ 3♥ 4♥ 5♥ 6♥ 7♥ 8♥ 9♥ 10♥ J♥ Q♥ K♥

#### A♦ 2♦ 3♦ 4♦ 5♦ 6♦ 7♦ 8♦ 9♦ 10♦ J♦ Q♦ K♦

#### A♣ 2♣ 3♣ 4♣ 5♣ 6♣ 7♣ 8♣ 9♣ 10♣ J♣ Q♣ K♣

Consider a card game, in which each player is dealt 5 cards. In how many ways can a player obtain the following combinations?

(i) All cards of the same suit:

#### 3♥ 7♥ 8♥ 9♥ K♥

(ii) Two cards of the same kind and the rest three of the same kind:

#### 4♥ 4♠ K♥ K♣ K♦

(iii) Two cards of the same kind and rest all different:

#### 4♥ 4♠ K♥ 9♣ 7♦

(iv) Cards in sequence:

#### 4♥ 5♠ 6♥ 7♣ 8♦

**Solution **Note that the order of the cards in a player’s hand is irrelevant. We are only interested in the combination of cards.

(i) If we need 5 cards of the same suit, we’ll first have to select a suit, in ^{4}C_{1} ways. We now have a suit of 13 different cards, of which 5 cards need to be selected. This can be done in ^{13}C_{5} ways. Therefore the total number of ways will be ^{4}C_{1} x ^{13}C_{5} = 5148

(ii) We’ll divide this task into the following subtasks – select the kind to be paired, then select 2 cards of that kind. Then select the kind to be tripled, then select 3 cards of that kind.

For the pair we first select the kind in ^{13}C_{1} ways, and then select any two cards of that kind in ^{4}C_{2} ways.

We are now left with 48 cards, 12 kinds of cards of 4 different suits. Now we’ll select another kind in ^{12}C_{1} ways and select 3 cards of that kind in ^{4}C_{3} ways.

The total number of combinations is therefore ^{13}C_{1} x ^{4}C_{2} x ^{12}C_{1} x ^{4}C_{3} = 3744

(iii) Similar to the previous part we can select the pair in ^{13}C_{1} x ^{4}C_{2} ways. But now we have to be careful. Of the 48 cards remaining, we cannot select any 3 cards, because it might happen they all are of the same kind.

To handle this, we’ll first select 3 different kinds, in ^{12}C_{3} ways, say we get 5, 8 and K. Now each of these cards can be of any of the 4 suits. There are 4 possibilities for the ‘5’, 4 for the ‘8’ and 4 for the ‘K’. That means, for a given selection of 3 kinds of cards, there are 4 x 4 x 4 or 64 different combinations.

Therefore, the total number of combinations of the remaining 3 cards will be ^{12}C_{3} x 64, making the answer equal to ^{13}C_{1} x ^{4}C_{2} x ^{12}C_{3} x 64 = 1098240

(iv) In this case we’ll first select the sequence to be formed. There are 9 possibilities: (A,2,3,4,5), (2,3,4,5,6) … (9, 10, J, Q, K). Similar to the previous part, there will be 4 possibilities for each of the 5 cards selected. Therefore the total number of combinations will be 9 x 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 = 147456

Perplexed? Me too! Try a few more cases yourself..

(v) Two pairs, and the fifth card different

#### 4♠ 4♥ 5♣ 5♦ K♦

(vi) Three of the same kind, and the rest two different

#### 7♠ 7♥ 7♣ 4♦ K♣

(vii) Four of the same kind

#### 4♠ 4♥ 4♣ 4♦ K♦

.. and I’ll meet you in the next lesson.

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