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 Post subject: HABS maths exam 2009Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:18 pm

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Can anybody help me out with question 30 of the above paper please?
It relates to the various combinations possible of 4 people seated around a table.
DS and I managed to work out the first part and got stuck on the 2nd part.
Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: HABS maths exam 2009Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:31 pm

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Maths rusty but I think:

Part 2 - In part 1 there were four options, but Archibald only had one choice of seat. This time he has four choices therefore there are 4 x 4 = 16 possibilities.

Part 3 - First seat 4 possible occupants, second seat 3 , third seat 2, last seat only one

so 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 24

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 Post subject: Re: HABS maths exam 2009Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:47 pm

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We can simplify by seating in the order BCDA. B has 4 choices of seat. For each of these, C has 2 choices, and for each of those D has two choices, leaving only 1 seat for A. Therefore there are 4x2x2x1 = 16 possibilities.

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 Post subject: Re: HABS maths exam 2009Posted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:44 am

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It would have been great if Habs provided answers to their papers, will certainly make life easier for a maths novice like me

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 Post subject: Re: HABS maths exam 2009Posted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:18 pm

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Thank you
How do I explain to DS why we need to multiply the possibilities?
I understand that in each place there will be different options but why do we need to multiply these?
This sort of question occurs in other papers also eg possible combinations from different coloured marbles
Does anybody have an easy way to explain to a 10 year old?

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 Post subject: Re: HABS maths exam 2009Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:19 pm

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Sorry, I am really a novice in this 11+ preparation. I have never heard about these HABS maths papers and I had a quick look in the shop but I haven't been able to spot them.
What are they exactly? Are they harder than Bonds maths exams? Are they specifically used in some counties or can anybody preparing for 11+ in England benefit from using them?

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 Post subject: Re: HABS maths exam 2009Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:23 pm

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 Post subject: Re: HABS maths exam 2009Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:37 pm

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Oh I see!! Thanks, Sherry !

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