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Clearly, <math>a_6=1</math>.  Now, consider selecting <math>5</math> of the remaining <math>11</math> values.  Sort these values in descending order, and sort the other <math>6</math> values in ascending order.  Now, let the <math>5</math> selected values be <math>a_1</math> through <math>a_5</math>, and let the remaining <math>6</math> be <math>a_7</math> through <math>{a_{12}}</math>.  It is now clear that there is a bijection between the number of ways to select <math>5</math> values from <math>11</math> and ordered 12-tuples <math>(a_1,\ldots,a_{12})</math>.  Thus, there will be <math>{11 \choose 5}=462</math> such ordered 12-tuples.
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==

Revision as of 17:14, 16 July 2006

Problem

Let $(a_1,a_2,a_3,\ldots,a_{12})$ be a permutation of $(1,2,3,\ldots,12)$ for which

$a_1>a_2>a_3>a_4>a_5>a_6 \mathrm{\  and \ } a_6<a_7<a_8<a_9<a_{10}<a_{11}<a_{12}.$

An example of such a permutation is $(6,5,4,3,2,1,7,8,9,10,11,12).$ Find the number of such permutations.

Solution

Clearly, $a_6=1$. Now, consider selecting $5$ of the remaining $11$ values. Sort these values in descending order, and sort the other $6$ values in ascending order. Now, let the $5$ selected values be $a_1$ through $a_5$, and let the remaining $6$ be $a_7$ through ${a_{12}}$. It is now clear that there is a bijection between the number of ways to select $5$ values from $11$ and ordered 12-tuples $(a_1,\ldots,a_{12})$. Thus, there will be ${11 \choose 5}=462$ such ordered 12-tuples.

See also

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