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The number of pentagons that can be inscribed in an octagon

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The number of pentagons that can be inscribed in an octagon [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2017, 06:15
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Quantity A
Quantity B
The number of pentagons that can be inscribed in an octagon
The number of triangles that can be inscribed in an octagon



(A) The quantity in Column A is greater
(B) The quantity in Column B is greater
(C) The two quantities are equal
(D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given


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Re: The number of pentagons that can be inscribed in an octagon [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2017, 09:05
Since a pentagon has 5 vertices, in order to compute how many pentagons in an octagon, which, instead, has eight vertices, we can compute the number of ways in which we can take 5 vertices out of 8. Computing the number of pentagons that can be inscribed in an octagon amounts to compute in how many ways we can choose 5 points out of 8, i.e. \(8C5 = \frac{8!}{5!3!}\). The same holds for the number of triangles, i.e. they can be computed as \(8C3 = \frac{8!}{3!5!}\). The two quantities are then equal and answer is C!.
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