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In how many ways can you arrange the five numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5?
Think about the number of choices: five for the first choice, four for the second, and so on, so the number of ways is:
5 \times 4 \times 3 \times 2 \times 1 = 120

This calculation is called 5 factorial and is written 5!

In general for any positive integer n , n! = n(n-1)(n-2)... 1 \quad and 0! = 1.

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Glossary

factorial

n! = n(n-1)(n-2)(n-3)...3.2.1.

integer

a positive or negative whole number.

union

The union of two sets A and B is the set containing all the elements of A and B.

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