Maharashtra State BoardHSC Commerce 11th
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Find total number of distinct possible outcomes n(S) of the following random experiment.5 balls are randomly placed into 5 cells, such that each cell will be occupied. - Mathematics and Statistics

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Find total number of distinct possible outcomes n(S) of the following random experiment.
5 balls are randomly placed into 5 cells, such that each cell will be occupied.

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Solution

5 balls have to be placed in 5 cells in such a way that each cell is occupied.
∴ The first ball can be placed into one of the 5 cells in 5 ways, the second ball placed in one of the remaining 4 cells in 4 ways. Similarly, the third, fourth, and fifth balls can be placed in 3 ways, 2 ways, and 1 way, respectively.
∴ Total number of ways of filling 5 cells such that each cell is occupied = 5!
= 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1
∴ n(S) = 120

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