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The set of all lists of the four people. (a) How many lists are equivalent to a given one? (b) What are the lists equivalent to ABCD? (c) Is the relationship of equivalence an equivalence relation? (d) Use the Quotient Principle to compute the number of equivalence classes, and hence, the number of possible ways to seat the players. 4-3 We wish to count the number of ways to attach n distinct beads to the corners of a regular n-gon (or string them on a necklace). We say that two lists of the n beads are equivalent if each bead is adjacent to exactly the same beads in both lists.

Sm is a partition of S, the relationship that says any two elements x ∈ S and y ∈ S are equivalent if and only if they lie in the same set Si is an equivalence relation. The sets Si are called equivalence classes 4. Quotient principle. The quotient principle says that if we can partition a set of p objects up into q classes of size r, then q = p/r. Equivalently, if an equivalence relation on a set of size p has q equivalence classes of size r, then q = p/r. The quotient principle is frequently used for counting the number of equivalence classes of an equivalence relation.

3 below, we work out a special case. Suppose n = 5, k = 2. 6 says that 5 4 4 = + . 3. BINOMIAL COEFFICIENTS 21 Because the numbers are small, it is simple to verify this by using the formula for binomial coeﬃcients, but let us instead consider subsets of a 5-element set. 7 says that the number of 2 element subsets of a 5 element set is equal to the number of 1 element subsets of a 4 element set plus the number of 2 element subsets of a 4 element set. But to apply the sum principle, we would need to say something stronger.