Factorials are used in statistics to count the various arrangements of items as long as the items are distinguishable.

If I was arranging 5 different kind of muffins. I could arrange them 5 factorial (5!) ways. This is the same as 5*4*3*2*1.

5 (the ways we can arrange them originally)

4 (the ways we can orrange the remaining 4)

3 (the ways we can arrange the remaining 3)

2 (Ways we can arrange the remaining 2)

1 (The last one can only be arranged one way)

You can easily computer factorials in your calculator, just follow the Factorial TI-84 | TI-83 Example

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