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 Subject: Math Category: Science > Math Asked by: suzieq-ga List Price: \$2.00 Posted: 13 Nov 2002 07:53 PST Expires: 13 Dec 2002 07:53 PST Question ID: 106870
 ```I have 3 blue eggs, 3 green eggs and 3 yellow eggs to put into 3 baskets. How many combinations of eggs could you have?```
 Subject: Re: Math Answered By: johnny_phoenix-ga on 13 Nov 2002 09:02 PST
 ```Hello Suzie Q The answer is 7 Different Combinations The contents of the basket 1 is column one, basket 2 column 2, etc. The first would be all the same coloured eggs of course. Blue Yellow Green Blue Yellow Green Blue Yellow Green Then One of each colour in each basket. Blue Blue Blue Yellow Yellow Yellow Green Green Green Followed by two of the same colour and one other Blue Yellow Green Blue Yellow Green Yellow Green Blue Same as last but with the 'odd' colour interchanged. Blue Yellow Green Blue Yellow Green Green Blue Yellow Then you have one basket full of the same with the other two interchanged Blue Yellow Green Blue Yellow Green Blue Green Yellow Yellow Blue Green Yellow Blue Green Yellow Green Blue Green Blue Yellow Green Blue Yellow Green Yellow Blue Any other combinations would be repetitions of the existing ones. I hope this helps Glad to see that you aren't keeping all your eggs in one basket. Johnny Phoenix.```
 Subject: Re: Math From: rbnn-ga on 13 Nov 2002 09:39 PST
 ```Why do you infer from the problem statement that putting all the eggs into one basket is disallowed?```
 Subject: Re: Math From: neilzero-ga on 13 Nov 2002 12:17 PST
 ```Why did you infer from the problem that each of the baskets needed to have 3 eggs, rather than 711 or 612 or 621 or 531 or 801 etc In addition various patterns inside each basket are possible such as square, octigon. A million combinations may be practical. Neil```
 Subject: Re: Math From: johnny_phoenix-ga on 14 Nov 2002 01:25 PST
 ```I inferred nothing, I simply asked the question as posed. I could try to be too clever, and as you say there would be a million different combinations but since the question was for \$2.00, I have taken it at face value. If the customer, did want more then i am sure they will ask for a question clarification to give the added information that I need to solve the problem. As for "patterns?!" inside the baskets, please...lol..I think neilzero might be trying a little too hard on this one. Suzie Q, I hope that if there are added variables that you will ask for an answer clarification before rating the answer, Thanks Johnny Phoenix.```
 Subject: Re: Math From: racecar-ga on 21 Mar 2003 18:48 PST
 ```Even with the assumption that exactly three eggs must go in each basket, the answer is WRONG. Here are three configurations that were missed: Blue Blue Yellow Green Blue Yellow Yellow Green Green Blue Blue Green Green Blue Green Yellow Yellow Yellow Blue Green Yellow Green Green Yellow Yellow Blue Green That brings the answer to 10.```
 Subject: Re: Math From: racecar-ga on 21 Mar 2003 18:50 PST
 ```Oops--typo, that last green should be a blue: Blue Blue Yellow Green Blue Yellow Yellow Green Green Blue Blue Green Green Blue Green Yellow Yellow Yellow Blue Green Yellow Green Green Yellow Yellow Blue Blue```
 Subject: Re: Math From: racecar-ga on 01 May 2003 18:06 PDT
 ```If the eggs don't have to be equally divided among the baskets, the total number of combinations is 201. The breakdown for each case is: 900 1 810 3 720 6 711 6 630 10 621 18 540 12 531 27 522 33 441 30 432 45 333 10```