Ten teams are entered in a bowling tournament. In how many ways can first, second, and third prizes be awarded? (simplify your answer to a single number)
Foundations

If there are n teams, how many ways can first prize be awarded?

Answer:

Each team could win first place. So, there are n ways that first prize can be awarded.

Solution:
Step 1:

There are 10 ways that first prize could be awarded.

Step 2:

After choosing a first place winner, there are 9 ways that second prize could be awarded.

Step 3:

After choosing both a first and second place winner, there are 8 ways that third prize could be awarded.

Step 4:

So, the total number of ways first, second, and third prizes can be awarded is $10\cdot 9\cdot 8=720$.

Final Answer:

$720$

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