In the design of an electromechanical product, seven different components are to be stacked into a cylindrical casing that holds 12 components in a manner that minimizes the impact of shocks. One end of the casing is designated as the bottom and the other end is the top.
(a) How many different designs are possible?
(b) If the seven components are all identical, how many different designs are possible?
(c) If the seven components consist of three of one type of component and four of another type, how many different designs are possible? (More difficult)
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