# What are combinatorics in discrete mathematics?

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Jan 31, 2018

It's a field of study in mathematics that allows us to calculate the number of ways something can be done. We're working within discrete mathematics because the numbers aren't continuous.

#### Explanation:

In between answering a specific question, I walk through what combinatorics are:

The short answer, for those not willing to read the longer answer in the link, is that it's a field of study in mathematics that allows us to calculate the number of ways something can be done:

- How many ways can six books be arranged on a shelf?
- How many ways can you get a pair in poker?

We're working within discrete mathematics because the numbers aren't continuous - there are no fractions, decimals, or irrational numbers when working with these types of calculations.