2003 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 16

Problem

Ali, Bonnie, Carlo, and Dianna are going to drive together to a nearby theme park. The car they are using has $4$ seats: $1$ Driver seat, $1$ front passenger seat, and $2$ back passenger seat. Bonnie and Carlo are the only ones who know how to drive the car. How many possible seating arrangements are there?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 2\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 4\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 6\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 12\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 24$

Solution

There are only $2$ people who can go in the driver's seat--Bonnie and Carlo. Any of the $3$ remaining people can go in the front passenger seat. There are $2$ people who can go in the first back passenger seat, and the remaining person must go in the last seat. Thus, there are $2\cdot3\cdot2$ or $12$ ways. The answer is then $\boxed{\textbf{(D)}\ 12}$.

See Also

2003 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 15
Followed by
Problem 17
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