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**1. Evaluate each of the following:**

**(i) ^{8}P_{3}**

**(ii) ^{10}P_{4}**

**(iii) ^{6}P_{6}**

**(iv) P (6, 4)**

**Solution:**

**(i) **^{8}P_{3}

We know that, ^{8}P_{3} can be written as P (8, 3)

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (8, 3) = 8!/(8 – 3)!

= 8!/5!

= (8 Ã— 7 Ã— 6 Ã— 5!)/5!

= 8 Ã— 7 Ã— 6

= 336

âˆ´ ^{8}P_{3} = 336

**(ii) **^{10}P_{4}

We know that, ^{10}P_{4} can be written as P (10, 4)

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (10, 4) = 10!/(10 – 4)!

= 10!/6!

= (10 Ã— 9 Ã— 8 Ã— 7 Ã— 6!)/6!

= 10 Ã— 9 Ã— 8 Ã— 7

= 5040

âˆ´ ^{10}P_{4} = 5040

**(iii) **^{6}P_{6}

We know that, ^{6}P_{6} can be written as P (6, 6)

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (6, 6) = 6!/(6 – 6)!

= 6!/0!

= (6 Ã— 5 Ã— 4 Ã— 3 Ã— 2 Ã— 1)/1 [Since, 0! = 1]

= 6 Ã— 5 Ã— 4 Ã— 3 Ã— 2 Ã— 1

= 720

âˆ´ ^{6}P_{6} = 720

**(iv) **P (6, 4)

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (6, 4) = 6!/(6 – 4)!

= 6!/2!

= (6 Ã— 5 Ã— 4 Ã— 3 Ã— 2!)/2!

= 6 Ã— 5 Ã— 4 Ã— 3

= 360

âˆ´ P (6, 4) = 360

**2. If P (5, r) = P (6, r â€“ 1), find r.**

**Solution:**

Given:

P (5, r) = P (6, r â€“ 1)

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (5, r) = 5!/(5 – r)!

P (6, r-1) = 6!/(6 â€“ (r-1))!

= 6!/(6 â€“ r + 1)!

= 6!/(7 – r)!

So, from the question,

P (5, r) = P (6, r â€“ 1)

Substituting the obtained values in above expression we get,

5!/(5 – r)! = 6!/(7 – r)!

Upon evaluating,

(7 – r)! / (5 â€“ r)! = 6!/5!

[(7 – r) (7 â€“ r – 1) (7 â€“ r – 2)!] / (5 – r)! = (6 Ã— 5!)/5! [(7 – r) (6 – r) (5 – r)!] / (5 – r)! = 6(7 – r) (6 – r) = 6

42 â€“ 6r â€“ 7r + r^{2}Â = 6

42 â€“ 6 â€“ 13r + r^{2}Â = 0

r^{2}Â â€“ 13r + 36 = 0

r^{2}Â â€“ 9r â€“ 4r + 36 = 0

r(r â€“ 9) â€“ 4(r â€“ 9) = 0

(r â€“ 9) (r â€“ 4) = 0

r = 9 or 4

For, P (n, r): r â‰¤ n

âˆ´Â r = 4Â [for,Â P (5, r)]

**3. If 5 P(4, n) = 6 P(5, n â€“ 1), find n.**

**Solution:**

Given:

5 P(4, n) = 6 P(5, n â€“ 1)

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (4, n) = 4!/(4 – n)!

P (5, n-1) = 5!/(5 â€“ (n-1))!

= 5!/(5 â€“ n + 1)!

= 5!/(6 – n)!

So, from the question,

5 P(4, n) = 6 P(5, n â€“ 1)

Substituting the obtained values in above expression we get,

5 Ã— 4!/(4 – n)! = 6 Ã— 5!/(6 – n)!

Upon evaluating,

(6 – n)! / (4 – n)! = 6/5 Ã— 5!/4!

[(6 – n) (6 â€“ n – 1) (6 â€“ n – 2)!] / (4 – n)! = (6 Ã— 5 Ã— 4!) / (5 Ã— 4!) [(6 – n) (5 – n) (4 – n)!] / (4 – n)! = 6(6 â€“ n) (5 â€“ n) = 6

30 â€“ 6n â€“ 5n + n^{2}Â = 6

30 â€“ 6 â€“ 11n + n^{2}Â = 0

n^{2}Â â€“ 11n + 24 = 0

n^{2}Â â€“ 8n â€“ 3n + 24 = 0

n(n â€“ 8) â€“ 3(n â€“ 8) = 0

(n â€“ 8) (n â€“ 3) = 0

n = 8 or 3

For, P (n, r): r â‰¤ n

âˆ´Â n = 3Â [for,Â P (4, n)]

**4. If P(n, 5) = 20 P(n, 3), find n.**

**Solution:**

Given:

P(n, 5) = 20 P(n, 3)

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (n, 5) = n!/(n – 5)!

P (n, 3) = n!/(n â€“ 3)!

So, from the question,

P(n, 5) = 20 P(n, 3)

Substituting the obtained values in above expression we get,

n!/(n – 5)! = 20 Ã— n!/(n â€“ 3)!

Upon evaluating,

n! (n – 3)! / n! (n – 5)! = 20

[(n â€“ 3) (n â€“ 3 – 1) (n â€“ 3 – 2)!] / (n – 5)! = 20 [(n – 3) (n – 4) (n – 5)!] / (n – 5)! = 20(n â€“ 3) (n â€“ 4) = 20

n^{2}Â â€“ 3n â€“ 4n + 12 = 20

n^{2}Â â€“ 7n + 12 â€“ 20 = 0

n^{2}Â â€“ 7n â€“ 8 = 0

n^{2}Â â€“ 8n + n â€“ 8 = 0

n(n â€“ 8) â€“ 1(n â€“ 8) = 0

(n â€“ 8) (n â€“ 1) = 0

n = 8 or 1

For, P(n, r): n â‰¥ r

âˆ´Â n = 8Â [for,Â P(n, 5)]

**5. IfÂ ^{n}P_{4}Â = 360, find the value of n.**

**Solution:**

Given:

^{n}P_{4}Â = 360

^{n}P_{4} can be written as P (n , 4)

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (n, 4) = n!/(n – 4)!

So, from the question,

^{n}P_{4}Â = P (n, 4) = 360

Substituting the obtained values in above expression we get,

n!/(n – 4)! = 360

[n(n – 1) (n – 2) (n – 3) (n – 4)!] / (n – 4)! = 360nÂ (n â€“ 1) (n â€“ 2) (n â€“ 3) = 360

nÂ (n â€“ 1) (n â€“ 2) (n â€“ 3) = 6Ã—5Ã—4Ã—3

On comparing,

The value of n is 6.

**6. If P(9, r) = 3024, find r.**

**Solution:**

Given:

P (9, r) = 3024

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (9, r) = 9!/(9 – r)!

So, from the question,

P (9, r) = 3024

Substituting the obtained values in above expression we get,

9!/(9 – r)! = 3024

1/(9 – r)! = 3024/9!

= 3024/(9Ã—8Ã—7Ã—6Ã—5Ã—4Ã—3Ã—2Ã—1)

= 3024/(3024Ã—5Ã—4Ã—3Ã—2Ã—1)

= 1/5!

(9 â€“ r)! = 5!

9 â€“ r = 5

-r = 5 â€“ 9

-r = -4

âˆ´Â The value of r is 4.

**7. If P (11, r) = P (12, r â€“ 1), find r.**

**Solution:**

Given:

P (11, r) = P (12, r â€“ 1)

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (11, r) = 11!/(11 – r)!

P (12, r-1) = 12!/(12 â€“ (r-1))!

= 12!/(12 â€“ r + 1)!

= 12!/(13 – r)!

So, from the question,

P (11, r) = P (12, r â€“ 1)

Substituting the obtained values in above expression we get,

11!/(11 – r)! = 12!/(13 – r)!

Upon evaluating,

(13 – r)! / (11 – r)! = 12!/11!

[(13 – r) (13 â€“ r – 1) (13 â€“ r – 2)!] / (11 – r)! = (12Ã—11!)/11! [(13 – r) (12 – r) (11 -r)!] / (11 – r)! = 12(13 â€“ r) (12 â€“ r) = 12

156 â€“ 12r â€“ 13r + r^{2}Â = 12

156 â€“ 12 â€“ 25r + r^{2}Â = 0

r^{2}Â â€“ 25r + 144 = 0

r^{2}Â â€“ 16r â€“ 9r + 144 = 0

r(r â€“ 16) â€“ 9(r â€“ 16) = 0

(r â€“ 9) (r â€“ 16) = 0

r = 9 or 16

For, P (n, r): r â‰¤ n

âˆ´Â r = 9Â [for,Â P (11, r)]

**8. If P(n, 4) = 12. P(n, 2), find n.**

**Solution:**

Given:

P (n, 4) = 12. P (n, 2)

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (n, 4) = n!/(n – 4)!

P (n, 2) = n!/(n – 2)!

So, from the question,

P (n, 4) = 12. P (n, 2)

Substituting the obtained values in above expression we get,

n!/(n – 4)! = 12 Ã— n!/(n – 2)!

Upon evaluating,

n! (n – 2)! / n! (n – 4)! = 12

[(n – 2) (n â€“ 2 -1) (n â€“ 2 – 2)!] / (n – 4)! = 12 [(n – 2) (n – 3) (n – 4)!] / (n – 4)! = 12(n â€“ 2) (n â€“ 3) = 12

n^{2}Â â€“ 3n â€“ 2n + 6 = 12

n^{2}Â â€“ 5n + 6 â€“ 12 = 0

n^{2}Â â€“ 5n â€“ 6 = 0

n^{2}Â â€“ 6n + n â€“ 6 = 0

n (n â€“ 6) â€“ 1(n â€“ 6) = 0

(n â€“ 6) (n â€“ 1) = 0

n = 6 or 1

For, P (n, r): n â‰¥ r

âˆ´Â n = 6Â [for,Â P (n, 4)]

**9. If P(n â€“ 1, 3) : P(n, 4) = 1 : 9, find n.**

**Solution:**

Given:

P (n â€“ 1, 3): P (n, 4) = 1 : 9

P (n â€“ 1, 3)/ P (n, 4) = 1 / 9

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (n â€“ 1, 3) = (n – 1)! / (n â€“ 1 – 3)!

= (n – 1)! / (n – 4)!

P (n, 4) = n!/(n – 4)!

So, from the question,

P (n â€“ 1, 3)/ P (n, 4) = 1 / 9

Substituting the obtained values in above expression we get,

[(n – 1)! / (n – 4)!] / [n!/(n – 4)!] = 1/9 [(n – 1)! / (n – 4)!] Ã— [(n – 4)! / n!] = 1/9(n – 1)!/n! = 1/9

(n – 1)!/n (n – 1)! = 1/9

1/n = 1/9

n = 9

âˆ´Â The value of n is 9.

**10. If P(2n â€“ 1, n) : P(2n + 1, n â€“ 1) = 22 : 7 find n.**

**Solution:**

Given:

P(2n â€“ 1, n) : P(2n + 1, n â€“ 1) = 22 : 7

P(2n â€“ 1, n) / P(2n + 1, n â€“ 1) = 22 / 7

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (2n â€“ 1, n) = (2n – 1)! / (2n â€“ 1 â€“ n)!

= (2n – 1)! / (n – 1)!

P (2n + 1, n – 1) = (2n + 1)! / (2n + 1 â€“ n + 1)!

= (2n + 1)! / (n + 2)!

So, from the question,

P(2n â€“ 1, n) / P(2n + 1, n â€“ 1) = 22 / 7

Substituting the obtained values in above expression we get,

[(2n – 1)! / (n – 1)!] / [(2n + 1)! / (n + 2)!] = 22/7 [(2n – 1)! / (n – 1)!] Ã— [(n + 2)! / (2n + 1)!] = 22/7 [(2n – 1)! / (n – 1)!] Ã— [(n + 2) (n + 2 – 1) (n + 2 – 2) (n + 2 – 3)!] / [(2n + 1) (2n + 1 – 1) (2n + 1 – 2)] = 22/7 [(2n – 1)! / (n – 1)!] Ã— [(n + 2) (n + 1) n(n – 1)!] / [(2n + 1) 2n (2n – 1)!] = 22/7 [(n + 2) (n + 1)] / (2n + 1)2 = 22/77(n + 2) (n + 1) = 22Ã—2 (2n + 1)

7(n^{2}Â + n + 2n + 2) = 88n + 44

7(n^{2}Â + 3n + 2) = 88n + 44

7n^{2}Â + 21n + 14 = 88n + 44

7n^{2}Â + 21n â€“ 88n + 14 â€“ 44 = 0

7n^{2}Â â€“ 67n â€“ 30 = 0

7n^{2}Â â€“ 70n + 3n â€“ 30 = 0

7n(n â€“ 10) + 3(n â€“ 10) = 0

(n â€“ 10) (7n + 3) = 0

n = 10, -3/7

We know that, n â‰ -3/7

âˆ´Â The value of n is 10.

**11. If P(n, 5) : P(n, 3) = 2 : 1, find n.**

**Solution:**

Given:

P(n, 5) : P(n, 3) = 2 : 1

P(n, 5) / P(n, 3) = 2 / 1

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (n, 5) = n!/ (n – 5)!

P (n, 3) = n!/ (n – 3)!

So, from the question,

P (n, 5) / P(n, 3) = 2 / 1

Substituting the obtained values in above expression we get,

[n!/ (n – 5)!] / [n!/ (n – 3)!] = 2/1 [n!/ (n – 5)!] Ã— [(n – 3)! / n!] = 2/1(n – 3)! / (n – 5)! = 2/1

[(n – 3) (n â€“ 3 – 1) (n â€“ 3 â€“ 2)!] / (n – 5)! = 2/1 [(n – 3) (n – 4) (n – 5)!] / (n – 5)! = 2/1(n â€“ 3)(n â€“ 4) = 2

n^{2}Â â€“ 3n â€“ 4n + 12 = 2

n^{2}Â â€“ 7n + 12 â€“ 2 = 0

n^{2}Â â€“ 7n + 10 = 0

n^{2}Â â€“ 5n â€“ 2n + 10 = 0

n (n â€“ 5) â€“ 2(n â€“ 5) = 0

(n â€“ 5) (n â€“ 2) = 0

n = 5 or 2

For, P (n, r): n â‰¥ r

âˆ´Â n = 5Â [for,Â P (n, 5)]

**12. Prove that: 1. P (1, 1) + 2. P (2, 2) + 3 . P (3, 3) + â€¦ + n . P(n, n) = P(n + 1, n + 1) â€“ 1.**

**Solution:**

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (n, n) = n!/(n – n)!

= n!/0!

= n! [Since, 0! = 1]

Consider LHS:

1. P(1, 1) + 2. P(2, 2) + 3. P(3, 3) + â€¦ + n . P(n, n)

1.1! + 2.2! + 3.3! +â€¦â€¦â€¦+ n.n! [Since,Â P(n, n) = n!]

(2! â€“ 1!) + (3! â€“ 2!) + (4! â€“ 3!) + â€¦â€¦â€¦ + (n! â€“ (n â€“ 1)!) + ((n+1)! â€“ n!)

2! â€“ 1! + 3! â€“ 2! + 4! â€“ 3! + â€¦â€¦â€¦ + n! â€“ (n â€“ 1)! + (n+1)! â€“ n!

(n + 1)! â€“ 1!

(n + 1)! â€“ 1 [Since,Â P (n, n) = n!]

P(n+1, n+1) â€“ 1

= RHS

Hence Proved.

**13. If P(15, r â€“ 1) : P(16, r â€“ 2) = 3 : 4, find r.**

**Solution:**

Given:

P(15, r â€“ 1) : P(16, r â€“ 2) = 3 : 4

P(15, r â€“ 1) / P(16, r â€“ 2) = 3/4

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

P (15, r – 1) = 15! / (15 â€“ r + 1)!

= 15! / (16 – r)!

P (16, r – 2) = 16!/(16 â€“ r + 2)!

= 16!/(18 – r)!

So, from the question,

P(15, r â€“ 1) / P(16, r â€“ 2) = 3/4

Substituting the obtained values in above expression we get,

[15! / (16 – r)!] / [16!/(18 – r)!] = 3/4 [15! / (16 – r)!] Ã— [(18 – r)! / 16!] = 3/4 [15! / (16 – r)!] Ã— [(18 – r) (18 â€“ r – 1) (18 â€“ r – 2)!]/(16Ã—15!) = 3/41/(16 – r)! Ã— [(18 – r) (17 – r) (16 – r)!]/16 = 3/4

(18 – r) (17 – r) = 3/4 Ã— 16

(18 â€“ r) (17 â€“ r) = 12

306 â€“ 18r â€“ 17r + r^{2}Â = 12

306 â€“ 12 â€“ 35r + r^{2}Â = 0

r^{2}Â â€“ 35r + 294 = 0

r^{2}Â â€“ 21r â€“ 14r + 294 = 0

r(r â€“ 21) â€“ 14(r â€“ 21) = 0

(r â€“ 14) (r â€“ 21) = 0

r = 14 or 21

For, P(n, r): r â‰¤ n

âˆ´Â r = 14Â [for,Â P(15, r â€“ 1)]

**14. ^{n+5}P_{n+1} = 11(n – 1)/2 ^{n+3}P_{n}, find n.**

**Solution:**

Given:

^{n+5}P_{n+1} = 11(n – 1)/2 ^{n+3}P_{n}

P (n +5, n + 1) = 11(n – 1)/2 P(n + 3, n)

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

(n + 5) (n + 4) = 22 (n â€“ 1)

n^{2}Â + 4n + 5n + 20 = 22n â€“ 22

n^{2}Â + 9n + 20 – 22n + 22 = 0

n^{2}Â â€“ 13n + 42 = 0

n^{2}Â â€“ 6n â€“ 7n + 42 = 0

n(n â€“ 6) â€“ 7(n â€“ 6) = 0

(n â€“ 7) (n â€“ 6) = 0

n = 7 or 6

âˆ´Â The value of n can either be 6 or 7.

**15. In how many ways can five children stand in a queue?**

**Solution:**

Number of arrangements of â€˜nâ€™ things taken all at a time = P (n, n)

So by using the formula,

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

The total number of ways in which five children can stand in a queue = the number of arrangements of 5 things taken all at a time = P (5, 5)

So,

P (5, 5) = 5!/(5 – 5)!

= 5!/0!

= 5! [Since, 0! = 1]

= 5 Ã— 4 Ã— 3 Ã— 2 Ã— 1

= 120

Hence, Number of ways in which five children can stand in a queue are 120.

**16. From among the 36 teachers in a school, one principal and one vice-principal are to be appointed. In how many ways can this be done?**

**Solution:**

Given:

The total number of teachers in a school = 36

We know, number of arrangements of n things taken r at a time = P(n, r)

By using the formula,

P (n, r) = n!/(n – r)!

âˆ´Â The total number of ways in which this can be done = the number of arrangements of 36 things taken 2 at a time = P(36, 2)

P (36, 2) = 36!/(36 – 2)!

= 36!/34!

= (36 Ã— 35 Ã— 34!)/34!

= 36 Ã— 35

= 1260

Hence, Number of ways in which one principal and one vice-principal are to be appointed out of total 36 teachers in school are 1260.