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A math problem [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 02:59
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If all of the telephone extensions in a certain company must be even numbers, and if each of the extensions uses all four of the digits 1, 2,3,6, what is the greatest number of four-digit extensions that the company can have?

a)4
b)6
c)12
d)16
e)24

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Re: A math problem [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 05:55
tracyyahoo wrote:
If all of the telephone extensions in a certain company must be even numbers, and if each of the extensions uses all four of the digits 1, 2,3,6, what is the greatest number of four-digit extensions that the company can have?

a)4
b)6
c)12
d)16
e)24

pls help


The number has to be even hence the 4 digit number should end with either 2 or 6. Secondly the question states that all the numbers must be used hence repetitions are not allowed.

Hence: We can have _ _ _ 2 or _ _ _ 6. So now we need to only fill 3 places with digits 1,6,3 or 1,2,3 respectively
Hence 3!*2 = 12.

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Re: A math problem [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2011, 02:20
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tracyyahoo wrote:
If all of the telephone extensions in a certain company must be even numbers, and if each of the extensions uses all four of the digits 1, 2,3,6, what is the greatest number of four-digit extensions that the company can have?

a)4
b)6
c)12
d)16
e)24

pls help


The number has to be even hence the 4 digit number should end with either 2 or 6. Secondly the question states that all the numbers must be used hence repetitions are not allowed.

Hence: We can have _ _ _ 2 or _ _ _ 6. So now we need to only fill 3 places with digits 1,6,3 or 1,2,3 respectively
Hence 3!*2 = 12.

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Re: A math problem [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2011, 03:08
If all of the telephone extensions in a certain company must be even numbers, and if each of the extensions uses all four of the digits 1, 2,3,6, what is the greatest number of four-digit extensions that the company can have?

a)4
b)6
c)12
d)16
e)24

The number for the telephone extension has to be even and 4 digit. Hence the 4 digit number should end with either 2 or 6.
Also, the question states that all the numbers must be used because we are talking about greatest number of four-digit extensions.

So, we can have _ _ _ 2 or _ _ _ 6 as four digit even extensions.
if the last number is 2 i.e. _ _ _ 2, the blanks can be filled by number 1, 6, 3 and they can be arranged in 3! ways.
In the same manner if the last number is 6 i.e. _ _ _ 6, the blanks can be filled by number 1, 2, 3 and they can be arranged in 3! ways.

Greatest number of four-digit extensions = 3!*2 = 12.
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