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Combinatorics problem

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Can someone please solve the following:

How many different subsets of the set {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5} do not contain 0?

A) 16
B) 27
C) 31
D) 32
E) 64

OA is D

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(6c6 + 6c5 + 6c4 + 6c3 + 6c2 + 6c1) - (5c5 + 5c4 + 5c3 + 5c2 + 5c1)

= (1 + 6 + 3x5 + 5x4 + 3x5 + 6) - (1 + 5 + 5x2 + 5x2 + 5)

= (7 + 15 + 20 + 15 + 6) - (6 + 10 + 10 + 5)

= 63 - 31

= 32

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topspin360 wrote:
How many different subsets of the set {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5} do not contain 0?

A) 16
B) 27
C) 31
D) 32
E) 64
Here's another approach...

Take the task of building subsets and break it into stages.

Stage 1: Determine whether or not to place "0" in the subset
The question tells us that "0" cannot be in the subset.
So, we can complete stage 1 in 1 way (that is, we DO NOT place "0" in the subset

Stage 2: Determine whether or not to place "1" in the subset
We can either HAVE "1" in the subset or NOT HAVE "1" in the subset
So, we can complete stage 2 in 2 ways

Stage 3: Determine whether or not to place "2" in the subset
We can either HAVE "2" in the subset or NOT HAVE "2" in the subset
So, we can complete this stage in 2 ways

Stage 4: Determine whether or not to place "3" in the subset
We can either HAVE "3" in the subset or NOT HAVE "3" in the subset
So, we can complete this stage in 2 ways

Stage 5: Determine whether or not to place "4" in the subset
We can complete this stage in 2 ways

Stage 6: Determine whether or not to place "5" in the subset
We can complete this stage in 2 ways

By the Fundamental Counting Principle (FCP), we can complete all 6 stages (and thus build all possible subsets ) in (1)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2) ways (= 32 ways = D)

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Brent

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(5c5 + 5c4 + 5c3 + 5c2 + 5c1) + 1 empty set
31+1=32

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