Try this beautiful problem from the Pre-RMO, 2017 based on Number of ways.

## Number of ways – PRMO 2017

There are five cities A, B, C, D, E on a certain island. Each city is connected to every other city by road, find numbers of ways can a person starting from city A come back to A after visiting some cities without visiting a city more than once and without taking the same road more than once. (The order in which he visits the cities such as A \(\rightarrow\) B \(\rightarrow\) C \(\rightarrow\) A and A \(\rightarrow\) C \(\rightarrow\) B \(\rightarrow\) A are different).

- is 107
- is 60
- is 840
- cannot be determined from the given information

**Key Concepts**

Number of ways

Integers

Combinatorics

## Check the Answer

But try the problem first…

Answer: is 60.

PRMO, 2017, Question 9

Combinatorics by Brualdi

## Try with Hints

First hint

A B C D E in this way orderwise such that from A person can visit B,C return to A in $4 \choose 2$ with 2! ways of approach

from A person visits B, C, D comes back to A in $4 \choose 3$ with 3! ways of approach

from A person visits B, C, D, E comes back to A in $4 \choose 4$ with 4! ways of approach

Second Hint

ways=\({4 \choose 2}(2!)+{4 \choose 3}(3!)+{4 \choose 4}(4!)\)

Final Step

=12+24+24

=12+48

=60.

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