GMAT Combinatorics: The Ultimate Guide to GMAT Factorials (also useful for Probability!)

GMAT Combinatorics: The Ultimate Guide to GMAT Factorials — the Three-Question Method If we don’t get the concept of Factorials straight, the rest of this–Permutations and Combinations, quite a lot of advanced GMAT fatoring, etc.–is never going to work. How to Think About GMAT Factorials in a Broad Sense The idea of a Factorial is … Read More

GMAT Combinatorics: Permutations vs. Combinations (and Shorthand!)

GMAT Combinatorics Questions: Permutations vs. Combinations (plus Shorthand!) As noted above, this is simply a clipped factorial.  Let’s take the case from above and modify it slightly.  Three paintings, from a group of seven total paintings, are chosen to be hung on a wall. In how many ways can these three paintings be arranged? So: … Read More

GMAT Combinatorics : Ultimate Guide to GMAT Permutations and Combinations

GMAT Combinatorics: an Introduction At the risk of blowing all the secrets too early, let’s do this at the beginning. If you can answer three Core Questions, you’ll be able to answer any Combinatorics question that the GMAT decides to throw at you. Here they are: How Many Spaces? How Many Choices? Does Order Matter? … Read More