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The figure below shows the plan of a town. The streets are at right angles to each other. A rectangular park (P) is situated inside the town with a diagonal road running through it. There is also a prohibited region (D) in the town

Neelam resides her bicycle from her house at A to her office at B, taking the shortest path, then the number of possible shortest paths that she can choose is

  1. 60
  2. 75
  3. 45
  4. 90
  5. 72
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We can find the number of shortest possible paths from A to E either by trial and error or by using combinations. Note that to travel from A to E, we have to take 2 roads to the right and 2 roads downwards (in the diagram) in order that we follow the shortest path. In other words, we have to use 2 + 2 = 4 roads, out of which 2 are towards right and 2 are downwards. This is equivalent to selecting 2 things (roads towards right) out of 4 things (roads). (The remaining two roads will be downwards.) The number of ways of doing this is 4C2 = 4!/(2!×2!) = 6 From point A to E, there are 6 ways to reach with the minimum distance travelled. Here E to F is the shortest distance because the third side of a triangle is always less than the sum of the other two sides.

From point F to B, there are 6C4 = 6!/(4!×2!) = 15 ways to reach with the minimum distance travelled. There are 15 × 6 = 90 shortest paths that Neelam can choose

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The point why she should reach E is not clear..
So that she can get diagonal path
Yes, thats the most beautiful part of the answer - should be clear :)
To avoid 4 roads(Two to right and Two to left), so as to make it minimum, we are bound to go through diagonal and so every path will contain EF in their route.
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The answer provided in the previous post is right but the explanation is incorrect.

The shortest path will be A → E → F→ B. Because the entire map is symmetric but the diagonal creates a new shorter path from E→ F. Diagonal is shorter than the sum of its perpendicular and base (Pythagoras Theorem’s Corollary).

Now to go from A to E, we have to travel right two times and travel downwards two times. So, we could for example, take R, D, R and D or we could take R, R, D, D. So how many such arrangements are possible ?? Lets list them down :-

R R D D, D D R R, R D R D, D R D R, R D D R, D R R D – Six arrangements possible

So the questions is how many permutations/arrangements of these four roads (R R D D) is possible given two of them are repeating twice.

It is : $\large \frac{^{4} P_{4}}{2!*2!} = \frac{4!}{2! * 2!} = 6$

Similarly, for F to B, we have to take four rights and two downs (R R R R D D). So the number of arrangements of these six roads, one which repeats twice and the other repeats four times is :

 $\large \frac{^{6} P_{6}}{4!*2!} = \frac{6!}{4! * 2!} = 15$

Therefore, the total number of ways are :  $\large 6 *15 = 90$.

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