Date: Feb 5, 2013 10:58 AM
Author: Frederick Williams
Subject: Re: how many ways to pick two teams

fom wrote:

> The intent of the question was to ask how to solve
> a combination. The stated problem was how to
> choose teams. Any kid who grew up playing sandlot
> baseball knows the rules that formed the basis
> of my remark. And, order does matter. The kids
> who are picked last are painfully aware of their
> status.

This is the problem with word problems: the words often hint at stuff
that isn't really there. The problem might be better stated: "given a
set of 20 elements..."

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by
this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
Jonathan Swift: Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting