Permutation and Combination Formulas

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Permutation and Combinations Formulas Tables & Cheat Sheet

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1. Factorial Notation

The continuous product of first n natural numbers is called factorial and it can be represented by notation or n!, n! = 1.2.3 (n- 1).n
n! = n (n – 1)! = n (n- 1) (n – 2)! = n (n- 1) (n – 2) (n – 3)! n(n – 1) ………… (n – r + 1) $$=\frac{n !}{(n-r) !}$$
Note: 0! = 1 and (- n)! = a large number which can not be determined.
Also 2. Fundamental principle of multiplication

Let there are two parts A and B of an operation and if these two parts can be performed in m and n different number of ways respectively, then that operation can be completed in m × n ways.

If there are two operations such that they can be done independently in m and n ways respectively, then any one of these two operations can be done by (m + n) number of ways.

4. Permutations

• The number of permutations of n different things taken r at a time is nPr, where nPr = $$\frac{n !}{(n-r) !}$$
• The number of permutations of n dissimilar things taken all at a time = nPn = n!
• The number of permutations of n things taken all at a time when p of them are alike and of one kind, q of them are alike and of second kind, r of them are alike and of third kind and all remaining being different is $$\frac{n !}{p ! q ! r !}$$
• The number of ways of n distinct objects taking r of them at a time where any object may be Repeated any number of times is nr.

5. Restricted Permutations

• The number of permutations of n dissimilar things taken r at a time, when m particular things always occupy definite places = n-mPr-m
• The number of permutations of n different things taken altogether when r particular things are to be placed at some r given places = n-rPn-r = (n – r)!
• The number of permutations of n different things taken r at a time, when m particular things are always to be excluded = n-mPr
• The number of permutations of n different things taken r at a time, when m particular things are always to be included = n-mCr-m × r!

6. Number of Circular Permutations 7. Combinations

The number of combinations of n different things taken r at a time is denoted by nCr or C (n, r) ⇒ nCr = $$\frac{n !}{r !(n-r) !}$$

8. Some important results

• nCr = nCn-r
• nCx = nCy ⇒ x + y = n
• nCr + nCr-1 = n+1Cr
• nCr = $$\frac{n}{r}$$.n-1Cr-1
• nCr = $$\frac{1}{r}$$ (n – r + 1) nCr-1
• nC1 = nCn-1 = n

9. Restricted combinations

The number of combinations of n different things taking r at a time

• When p particular things are always to be included = n-pCr-p
• When p particular things are always to be excluded = n-pCr
• When p particular things are always included and q particular things are always excluded = n-p-qCr-p

10. Total number of combinations in different cases:

• The number of combinations of n different things taking some or all (or atleast one) at a time = nC1 + nC2 + ……… + nCn = 2n – 1
• The number of ways to select some or all out of (p + q + r) things where p are alike of first kind, q are alike of second kind and r j are alike of third kind is = (p + 1) (q + 1) (r + 1) – 1
• The number of ways to select some or all out of (p + q + t) things where p are alike of first kind, q are alike of second kind and remaining t are different is = (p + 1) (q + 1)2t – 1
• The number of combination of r things (r ≤ n) out of n identical things is 1.
• The number of selecting r obejects from n alike objects = n + 1

11. Division into groups

(i) The number of ways in which (p + q) things can be divided into two groups of p and q things is p+qCp = p+qCq = $$\frac{(p+q) !}{p ! q !}$$

(ii) The number of ways in which (p + q + r) things can be divided into three groups containing p, q and r things is
$$\frac{(p+q+r) !}{p ! q ! r !}$$

12. Derangement Theorem

(i) If n items are arranged in a row, then the number of ways in which they can be rearranged so that no one of them occupies the place assigned to it is
$$n !\left[1-\frac{1}{1 !}+\frac{1}{2 !}-\frac{1}{3 !}+\frac{1}{4 !}+\ldots \ldots+(-1)^{n} \frac{1}{n !}\right]$$

(ii) If n things are arranged at n places then the number of ways to rearrange exactly r things at right places is
$$\frac{n !}{r !}\left[1-\frac{1}{1 !}+\frac{1}{2 !}-\frac{1}{3 !}+\frac{1}{4 !}+\ldots . .+(-1)^{n-r} \frac{1}{(n-r) !}\right]$$

13. Some Important results about points

If there are n points in a plane of which m (< n) are collinear, then

• Total number of different straight lines obtained by joining these n points is nC2mC2 + 1
• Total number of different triangles formed by joining these n points is nC3mC3
• Number of diagonals in polygon of n sides is nC2 – n = $$\frac{n(n-3)}{2}$$
• If m parallel lines in a plane are intersected by a family of other n parallel lines. Then total number of parallelograms so formed is mC2 × nC2$$\frac{m n(m-1)(n-1)}{4}$$

14. Must learn points

• The coefficitent of x2 in the expansion of (1 – x)-n = n-r+1Cr
• If there are l objects of one kind, m objects of another kind, n objects of another kind, then the number of ways of choosing r objects out of these objects i.e. (l + m + n + ………)
• If there are l objects of one kind, m objects of another kind and so on then the no. of way’s of choosing r objects out ot these objects (i.e. l + m + n + …….) is coeff. of xr in 