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A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, such as 121. How many odd, 4-digit numbers are palindromes?

A. 40
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C. 50
D. 90
E. 2500
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26 Aug 2011, 08:47
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A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, such as 121. How many odd, 4-digit numbers are palindromes?

a) 40
b) 45
c) 50
d) 90
e) 2500

First recognize you only need to consider the first two digits (because the second two are just the first two flipped)

There are 90 possibilities for the first two digits of a 4 digit number, 10-99 inclusive. Everything starting with a 1,3,5,7,9 will be odd, which is 5/9ths of the combinations.

5/9*90 = 50 C
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enigma123 wrote:
A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, such as 121. How many odd, 4-digit numbers are palindromes?

a) 40
b) 45
c) 50
d) 90
e) 2500

@enigma123: Here is my explanation:

A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward. Examples of four digit palindromes are 1221, 4334, 2222 etc
You basically get to choose the first two digits and you repeat them in opposite order. Say, you choose 45 as your first two digits. The next two digits are 54 and the number is 4554.
Also, you need only odd palindromes. This means that you need an odd digit at the end i.e. 1/3/5/7/9. This means that you need to start the number with an odd digit. Only then will it end with an odd digit.

In how many ways can you pick two digits such that the first one is an odd digit?
The first digit can be selected in 5 ways.(1/3/5/7/9)
The second digit can be selected in 10 ways.(0/1/2/3...8/9)
Total = 5*10 = 50 ways
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Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for $199 Veritas Prep Reviews Manager Joined: 09 Jun 2011 Posts: 103 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 37 [0], given: 0 Re: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, suc [#permalink] ### Show Tags 01 Sep 2011, 19:36 The question demands that in Palindrome, the first digit must be odd that is why the last digit becomes odd. For example, 1221 is a palindrome that reads same backward and forward and it is odd. So the easy way of solving it is; Take first odd digit, there are five odd digit and five different ways of selecting it The second digit can be both odd or even no restriction, therefore there are 10 different ways of selecting it The first digit can be selected in 5 ways.(1/3/5/7/9) The second digit can be selected in 10 ways.(0/1/2/3...8/9) Total = 5*10 = 50 ways The definite Answer is 50 Manager Joined: 09 Feb 2012 Posts: 71 Location: India Concentration: Marketing, Strategy GMAT 1: 640 Q48 V31 GPA: 3.45 WE: Marketing (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech) Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 95 [3] , given: 41 A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and [#permalink] ### Show Tags 30 Mar 2012, 04:00 3 This post received KUDOS 14 This post was BOOKMARKED A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, such as 121. How many odd, 4-digit numbers are palindromes? A. 40 B. 45 C. 50 D. 90 E. 2500 Math Expert Joined: 02 Sep 2009 Posts: 36554 Followers: 7078 Kudos [?]: 93172 [9] , given: 10553 Re: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and [#permalink] ### Show Tags 30 Mar 2012, 04:05 9 This post received KUDOS Expert's post 5 This post was BOOKMARKED pratikbais wrote: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, such as 121. How many odd, 4-digit numbers are palindromes? a) 40 b) 45 c) 50 d) 90 e) 2500 We want to determine how many odd 4-digit numbers like XYYX are there. Notice here that in a palindrome X and Y can be the same, for example 1111 or 3333 are also palindromes. Since, the number must be odd then the first and the last digits (X's) can take 5 values (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) and the two middle digits (Y's) can take 10 values (0, 1, ..., 9), so total such numbers possible is 5*10=50. Answer: C. Hope it's clear. _________________ GMAT Club Legend Joined: 09 Sep 2013 Posts: 13447 Followers: 575 Kudos [?]: 163 [0], given: 0 Re: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and [#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 Sep 2014, 23:41 Hello from the GMAT Club BumpBot! Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos). Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email. _________________ GMAT Club Legend Joined: 09 Sep 2013 Posts: 13447 Followers: 575 Kudos [?]: 163 [0], given: 0 Re: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, suc [#permalink] ### Show Tags 06 Nov 2014, 01:05 Hello from the GMAT Club BumpBot! Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos). Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email. _________________ Math Expert Joined: 02 Sep 2009 Posts: 36554 Followers: 7078 Kudos [?]: 93172 [0], given: 10553 Re: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, suc [#permalink] ### Show Tags 06 Nov 2014, 04:59 enigma123 wrote: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, such as 121. How many odd, 4-digit numbers are palindromes? A. 40 B. 45 C. 50 D. 90 E. 2500 Similar questions to practice: a-palindrome-is-a-number-that-reads-the-same-forward-and-129898.html a-palindrome-is-a-number-that-reads-the-same-forward-and-backward-181030.html a-palindrome-number-reads-the-same-backward-and-forward-159265.html a-palindrome-is-a-number-that-reads-the-same-forward-and-bac-161167.html Hope it helps. _________________ Senior Manager Joined: 27 Dec 2013 Posts: 315 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 22 [0], given: 113 Re: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and [#permalink] ### Show Tags 03 May 2015, 10:20 HI Buneul, A quick question with this problem. We can also make a palindrom out of event number also right.. such as 8228. Why does it have to be odd numbers. Sorry a very old question. pratikbais wrote: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, such as 121. How many odd, 4-digit numbers are palindromes? A. 40 B. 45 C. 50 D. 90 E. 2500 _________________ Kudos to you, for helping me with some KUDOS. Math Expert Joined: 02 Sep 2009 Posts: 36554 Followers: 7078 Kudos [?]: 93172 [0], given: 10553 Re: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and [#permalink] ### Show Tags 03 May 2015, 10:45 shriramvelamuri wrote: HI Buneul, A quick question with this problem. We can also make a palindrom out of event number also right.. such as 8228. Why does it have to be odd numbers. Sorry a very old question. pratikbais wrote: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, such as 121. How many odd, 4-digit numbers are palindromes? A. 40 B. 45 C. 50 D. 90 E. 2500 Because the question specifically asks about the number of odd palindromes. _________________ Manager Joined: 18 Aug 2014 Posts: 132 Location: Hong Kong Schools: Mannheim Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 66 [0], given: 36 Re: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and [#permalink] ### Show Tags 26 Oct 2015, 03:53 Bunuel wrote: pratikbais wrote: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, such as 121. How many odd, 4-digit numbers are palindromes? a) 40 b) 45 c) 50 d) 90 e) 2500 We want to determine how many odd 4-digit numbers like XYYX are there. Notice here that in a palindrome X and Y can be the same, for example 1111 or 3333 are also palindromes. Since, the number must be odd then the first and the last digits (X's) can take 5 values (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) and the two middle digits (Y's) can take 10 values (0, 1, ..., 9), so total such numbers possible is 5*10=50. Answer: C. Hope it's clear. Hi Bunuel, what about negative numbers? Shouldn't we multiply the result by 2 ? SVP Joined: 17 Jul 2014 Posts: 2187 Location: United States (IL) Concentration: Finance, Economics Schools: Stanford '19 (S) GMAT 1: 560 Q42 V26 GMAT 2: 550 Q39 V27 GMAT 3: 560 Q43 V24 GMAT 4: 650 Q49 V30 GPA: 3.92 WE: General Management (Transportation) Followers: 19 Kudos [?]: 270 [1] , given: 140 Re: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, suc [#permalink] ### Show Tags 28 Oct 2015, 17:19 1 This post received KUDOS 4 digits then the number must be in the format ABBA. A must be odd, so we have 5 possibilities for A. B can be whatever number, so it has 10 possibilities. now, combine everything: A = 5 B = 10 second B cannot be any of the 10 digits, it must be exactly as the first B, so it must be 1 combination A = must be the same as first A, so there is only 1 combination 5*10*1*1 = 50 Intern Joined: 08 Oct 2015 Posts: 11 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0 Re: A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and [#permalink] ### Show Tags 17 Nov 2015, 18:17 Bunuel Why is it not 2500? 5*10*10*5? 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Q A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, such as 121. How many odd, 4-digit numbers are palindromes?

1. 40
2. 45
3. 50
4. 90
5. 2500

I HAVE THE ANSWER JUST NOT SATISFIED WITH THE EXPLANATION.

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Q A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward, such as 121. How many odd, 4-digit numbers are palindromes?

1. 40
2. 45
3. 50
4. 90
5. 2500

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