2008 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 14

Problem

Three $\text{A's}$, three $\text{B's}$, and three $\text{C's}$ are placed in the nine spaces so that each row and column contain one of each letter. If $\text{A}$ is placed in the upper left corner, how many arrangements are possible?

[asy] size((80)); draw((0,0)--(9,0)--(9,9)--(0,9)--(0,0)); draw((3,0)--(3,9)); draw((6,0)--(6,9)); draw((0,3)--(9,3)); draw((0,6)--(9,6)); label("A", (1.5,7.5)); [/asy]

$\textbf{(A)}\ 2\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 3\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 4\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 5\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 6$

Solution

There are $2$ ways to place the remaining $\text{As}$, $2$ ways to place the remaining $\text{Bs}$, and $1$ way to place the remaining $\text{Cs}$ for a total of $(2)(2)(1) = \boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ 4}$.

See Also

2008 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 13
Followed by
Problem 15
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