# A test consists of 30 problems and students are told to answer any 10 of these questions. In how many different ways can they choose the 10 questions?

##### 1 Answer

In this problem, order doesn't matter, so we use the combination formula.

#### Explanation:

Assuming C represents the number of combinations, n represents the total number of questions and r represents the number picked at a particular time, which in this case would be 10.

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Using a calculator to evaluate:

C = 30 045 015

There are 30 045 015 ways of answering the test.

Note that your data (you have to pick 10 out of 30) can be represented by the notation

**Practice exercises:**

- There are 99 counties in Iowa. A band wants to go through 81 counties on a tour. How many ways are there for them to go on an 81 county tour, assuming the order doesn't matter?