Combinatorial question: How many ways to eat lunch?
Solution 1
You have $4$ entrees to pick from, and you choose 1. $$4\choose1$$ You have 8 side dishes to pick from, and you choose 2. $$8\choose2$$ Put those together to get $$\binom{4}{1}\binom{8}{2}=4\cdot28=112$$
Keep in mind that this assumes the two side dishes must be different. If they can be the same, then there are $8\choose1$ ways to pick a doubled up sidedish. You can add this to the original $8\choose2$ for all your side dish combinations, then multiply by your entree possibilities for a new answer.
Solution 2
If she must choose exactly $1$ entree and exactly $2$ unique sidedishes, then:
 Choose $1$ out of $4$ items: $\binom{4}{1}=\frac{4!}{1!\times3!}=4$
 Choose $2$ out of $8$ items: $\binom{8}{2}=\frac{8!}{2!\times6!}=28$
 So she can make $4\times28=112$ different combinations
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Updated on August 08, 2022Comments

laura 7 months
Anna is trying to decide what to have for lunch in the cafeteria. She can choose 1 entree and 2 side dishes. There are 4 available entrees, and 8 available side dishes. How many different combinations are ossible for Anna's lunch?

Will almost 9 yearscan she skip lunch entirely, or choose less than 3 dishes, or choose a double helping of a dish?


fahrbach almost 9 yearsAdding to this, they can be put together because these two event are independent of each other.