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# Emma's Dilemma

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Introduction

Richard Hanton        Mathematics – Coursework        Page  of

08/05/07

Emma’s Dilemma

1. Investigate the number of different permutations of the letters of the name Emma.

I am trying to find the maximum number of possible permutations of the name EMMA. This name has four letters but only three variable letters E, M and A.

Permutations:

EMMA        MMAE        AEMM

EMAM        MMEA        AMEM

EAMM        MAME        AMME

MAEM

MEMA

MEAM

This shows us that there are twelve possible permutations of the letters of the name EMMA.

Emma has a friend called Lucy.

1. Investigate the number of different permutations of the letters of the name Lucy.

Middle

ACDEB        BCDEA        CBDEA        DBCEA        EBCDA

ACEDB        BCEDA        CBEDA        DBECA        EBDCA

AEBCD        BEACD        CEABD        DEABC        EDABC

AECDB        BECDA        CEBDA        DEBCA        EDBCA

AEDBC        BEDAC        CEDAB        DECAB        EDCAB

AEDCB        BEDCA        CEDBA        DECBA        EDCBA

There are 120 permutations with five different letters

My prediction was correct.

Conclusion

1 is the number of occurrences of the first letter, L2 is the number of occurrences of the second letter, L3 is the number of occurrences of the third letter and Ln is the number of occurrences of the last letter.

Therefore I predict that the number of permutations for AABBC will be:

P =  _          5!          _          =  120  =  30

2! x 2! x 1!                4

Where T = 5

L1 = 2

L2 = 2

Ln = 1

With two pairs of repeating letters and one different letter.

AABBC        BBAAC        CAABB

AABCB        BBACA        CABAB

AACBB        BBCAA        CABBA

ABABC        BAABC        CBAAB

ABACB        BAACB        CBABA

ABBAC        BABAC        CBBAA

ABBCA        BABCA

ABCAB        BACAB

ABCBA        BACBA

ACABB        BCAAB

ACBAB        BCABA

ACBBA        BCBAA

There are thirty permutations with two pairs of repeating letters and one different letter.

My prediction was correct.

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