# How many ways can you choose a set of 9 pencils from a selection of 10?

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See a solution process below:

#### Explanation:

There are 10 choices for the first pencil.

There are 9 choices left for the second pencil

There are 8 choices left for the third pencil

and so on

Until the are 2 choices left for the ninth pencil

This means the number of ways you can choose 9 pencils from a selection of 10 is:

#### Explanation:

When we are asked to "choose" a number of objects from a larger set, we use combinations. This is because the order of the objects does not matter. If the order did matter, we would use permutations.

In this case, we would be choosing

In general terms, a combination is defined as:

Substituting our values in, we get

#=(10!)/(9! * 1!)#

#=(10*9!)/(9!*1)#

#=(10*cancel(9!))/(cancel(9!)*1)#

#=10#

Thus, there are