How many ways are there for a horse race with four horses to finish if...

Linda Seales

Linda Seales

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2022-01-07

How many ways are there for a horse race with four horses to finish if ties are possible? [Note: Any number of the four horses may tie.)

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Annie Levasseur

Annie Levasseur

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2022-01-08Added 30 answers

1. No ties:
The number of permutations is P(4,4)=424
2. Two horses tie:
There are C(4,2)=6 ways to choose the two horses that tie. There are P(3,3)=6 ways for the groups to finish A group is either a single horse or the two tying horses. By the product rule, there are 66=36 possibilities for this case
3. Two groups of two horses tie
There are C(4,2)=6 ways to choose the two winning horses. The other two horses tie for second place.
4.Three horses tie with each other:
There are C(4,3)=4 ways to choose the two horses that tie. There are P(2,2)=2 ways for the groups to finish. By the product rule, there are 42=8 possibilities for this case.
5. All four horses tie:
There is only one combination for this. By the sum rule, the total is 24+36+6+8+1=75.
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2022-01-11Added 439 answers

Result can be like this: A, B, C, D are horses and 1-4 are the final positions. 1 2 3 4 - 4! = 24 ways 1 2 3 3 - 4!/2! = 12 ways 1 2 2 3 - 4!/2! = 12 ways 1 2 2 2 - 4!/3! = 4 ways 1 1 2 3 - 12 ways 1 1 2 2 - 4!/2!2! = 6 ways 1 1 1 2 - 4 ways 1 1 1 1 - 1 way So, total = 75 ways

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