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In how many ways can you put 5 distinct balls in 3 distinct

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In how many ways can you put 5 distinct balls in 3 distinct boxes?

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Ashish Kumar
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Besides the actual logic to solve this problem (which is that every ball has 3 choices) i am giving you a short cut to remember the result. In case of distinct items going into distinct places, the result can be generalized as (where)^what. In our case what is going where? Ball (what) is going in to boxes (where). Hence 3^5.
answered Jun 22, 2016 by Beginner (1 point)
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