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The question goes as follows:

If words are formed using letters of the word 'EDUCATION', then how many words will have vowels in alphabetical order?

I tried making cases but the cases became very extensive, I started getting many cases since there were 4 consonants and 5 vowels. Any help would be appreciated.

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EDUCATION

9 Letters(5 vowels & 4 consonants)

There are 9! ways to arrange letters of 'EDUCATION'

Lets just forget about consonants and focus on vowels. We have E,U,A,I,O vowels present.

Now we can arrange these vowels in 5! ways and you will find out that there is only 1 out of 120 ways where all vowels are in alphabetical order i.e.(A-E-I-O-U).

Therefore our answer is $\frac{9!}{5!}$

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  • $\begingroup$ Grammar point: You meant consonants rather than constants. $\endgroup$ – N. F. Taussig Mar 3 '18 at 12:08
  • $\begingroup$ My mistake,thanks for pointing out. $\endgroup$ – NewGuy Mar 3 '18 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ When I posted a hint for this problem two days ago, the OP raised the question of whether all nine letters in the word EDUCATION are used since the question does not explicitly state that. I interpreted the question the way you did. Under our interpretation, your answer is correct. $\endgroup$ – N. F. Taussig Mar 3 '18 at 14:19
  • $\begingroup$ @N.F.Taussig, you are right, the question does not state how many letters must be used for making the word $\endgroup$ – saisanjeev Mar 4 '18 at 11:11

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