# Half and Half

Two of the four small triangles are to be painted black. In how many ways can this be done?

## Problem

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## Student Solutions

**Answer**: 6

Here are two possible ways of thinking about this problem, although there are many other possibilities.

**Choosing the colour of the top triangle**

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$6$ possibilities.

If the top triangle is painted black, there are three choices for the other black triangle.

**Choosing which triangles are black**Image

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This means there are $3+2+1=6$ possibilities.

This problem is looking at the number of ways to choose two of the four triangles to paint black. This can be written as $^4C_2$ or $4 \choose 2$, which are called binomial coefficiants. If you want to find out more about these, then you can look at this article.