Precalculus (10th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32197-907-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-32197-907-0

Chapter 13 - Counting and Probability - 13.2 Permutations and Combinations - 13.2 Asses Your Understanding - Page 856: 58



Work Step by Step

The number of ways arranging $n$ distinct objects is $n!=n\cdot(n-1)\cdot(n-2)\cdot...\cdot3\cdot2\cdot1.$ Since the pitcher will bat ninth, then there are only $8$ players to arrange so $n=8$. Hence, the number of possible batting orders is: $8!=8\cdot7\cdot6\cdot...\cdot3\cdot2\cdot1=40320$
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