







Seating around a circular table 
20090209 

From Jenny: A committee of 15  9 women and 6 men  is to be seated at a circular table (with 15 seats). In how many ways can the seats be assigned so that no two men are seated next to each other? Answered by Victoria West. 





Circular Permutations 
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From J. Stuart: I am able to understand the simple theory behind circular permutations (that is, there are (n1)! ways to arrange n people in a circle. One question, however, is giving me some difficulty. It reads: In how many ways can four married couples be arranged around a circular table if each man must sit beside his wife? Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreaciated. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Trolls and Gargoyles 
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From TexGrimm: How can you seat 6 monsters  3 Trolls and 3 Gargoyles at a circular table if the trolls look alike and the gargoyles look alike? Does your formula work for 9 monsters  4 trolls and 5 gargoyles? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Circular Permutations 
19970205 

From Ed Varjassy: I have an understanding of simple problems involving circular permutations but do not understand them when they start to have restrictions. Is there any advice you can give for these more complicated permutations. Answered by Penny Nom. 

