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What is the sum of all 3 digit positive integers that can be formed using the digits 1, 5, and 8, if the digits are allowed to repeat within a number?

A. 126
B. 1386
C. 3108
D. 308
E. 13986
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28 Jun 2009, 22:10
subscribing to the thread to know the answer.I had no idea of these kind of questions.
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28 Jun 2009, 22:12
Me neither. Awaiting response from someone who knows.
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29 Jun 2009, 04:40
Is it C ..
This is how I did it ..
Keeping 1 as Hundred digit ..
158+185=343 -----1
Keeping 5 as Hundred digit ..
518+581=1099-------2
Keeping 8 as Hundred digit ..
815+851=1666-------------3
Adding 1+2+3 = 3108 ..
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There can be 27 numbers. Every digit has three possibilities because question permits repetition. So it becomes a very good summation problem.
If there are 27 digits. There are 27 hundred digits, 27 tens digit and 27 ones digit to be summed. Of 27 hundred digits, 9 of them are 1, 9 of them are 5 and the last 9 are 8. Same is true for the other two digits.
Thus the sum is:
9x100+9x500+9x800+9x10+9x50+9x80+9x1+9x5+9x8=
999x(1+5+8)=999x14=13986
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29 Jun 2009, 06:53
OA is E.

But I am still not clear with the explanation. Can you please explain in more detail...thanks in advance.
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Since problem permits repetition. There are 27 numbers that satisfies.
e.g.:
Lets say: first digit is 1, then numbers can be:
111
115
118
151
155
158
181
185
188
Same is true when first digits are 5 and 8. As you can see, there are nine 1 in first digit. Nine 5 in first digit. And nine 8 in first digit. Same is true for the other digits.
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maliyeci wrote:
Since problem permits repetition. There are 27 numbers that satisfies.
e.g.:
Lets say: first digit is 1, then numbers can be:
111
115
118
151
155
158
181
185
188
Same is true when first digits are 5 and 8. As you can see, there are nine 1 in first digit. Nine 5 in first digit. And nine 8 in first digit. Same is true for the other digits.

One more tip: when we add up all the numbers, we can start with the hundreds. We know each number (1, 5, & 8) will appear in the hundreds place a total of 9 times. So let's see how many hundreds we have.
1X9=9
5X9=45
8X9=72
Add this up we have a total of 126 hundreds, or also expressed as 12,600. We see that only one answer could possibly match the size of this sum, which is (E), so without calculating the exact sum, we already know (E) is the only possible choice. On a real test however, the writers could make life difficult by adding a few answer choices that are close to this sum (i.e. 11,950, or 14,088, etc).
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29 Jun 2009, 22:30
maliyeci wrote:
There can be 27 numbers. Every digit has three possibilities because question permits repetition. So it becomes a very good summation problem.
If there are 27 digits. There are 27 hundred digits, 27 tens digit and 27 ones digit to be summed. Of 27 hundred digits, 9 of them are 1, 9 of them are 5 and the last 9 are 8. Same is true for the other two digits.
Thus the sum is:
9x100+9x500+9x800+9x10+9x50+9x80+9x1+9x5+9x8=
999x(1+5+8)=999x14=13986
E

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maliyeci wrote:
There can be 27 numbers. Every digit has three possibilities because question permits repetition. So it becomes a very good summation problem.
If there are 27 digits. There are 27 hundred digits, 27 tens digit and 27 ones digit to be summed. Of 27 hundred digits, 9 of them are 1, 9 of them are 5 and the last 9 are 8. Same is true for the other two digits.
Thus the sum is:
9x100+9x500+9x800+9x10+9x50+9x80+9x1+9x5+9x8=
999x(1+5+8)=999x14=13986
E

Great ! Kudos to you.

Another approach is intelligent guess, based on which I would have opted E. Explanation:
Total possibilities = 3*3*3 =27
Now, taking examples of numbers starting with 8.
Sum of any four 3-digit numbers starting with 8 > 3200,

We know that there are 9 possible nos starting with 8 (apart form other 18 numbers), so sum would certainly be much much greater then 3200.

All other options, except E is less then 3200. (Btw, one can eliminate A, B and D on the 1st glance itself)
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maliyeci, good aproach
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My take:
As we have equal probability for each digit to be included and total number of integers is 3^3=27, we can write our sum as:

S = 27 * (1+5+8)/3 * 111 = 14*999 = 14000 - 14 = 13986
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maliyeci, good aproach
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My take:
As we have equal probability for each digit to be included and total number of integers is 3^3=27, we can write our sum as:

S = 27 * (1+5+8)/3 * 111 = 14*999 = 14000 - 14 = 13986

Could you please explain how did you get 111?

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Could you please explain how did you get 111?

Thanks.

Of course,

(1+5+8)/3 - "average" digit.
(1+5+8)/3 * 111 - another way to write 3-digit number formed from "average digit": xyz = (1+5+8)/3 (1+5+8)/3 (1+5+8)/3 or (1+5+8)/3 * 111
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maliyeci wrote:
There can be 27 numbers. Every digit has three possibilities because question permits repetition. So it becomes a very good summation problem.
If there are 27 digits. There are 27 hundred digits, 27 tens digit and 27 ones digit to be summed. Of 27 hundred digits, 9 of them are 1, 9 of them are 5 and the last 9 are 8. Same is true for the other two digits.
Thus the sum is:
9x100+9x500+9x800+9x10+9x50+9x80+9x1+9x5+9x8=
999x(1+5+8)=999x14=13986
E

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Used POE, No need to solve the whole question to get an exact value
Explanation:

since three digit numbers formed by 1, 5, 8 would be :
Lets start with numbers starting with 8 : 888, 885, 881, 855, 851, 815, 811
sum of these numbers is greater than Options A , B , C , D
Hence Ans: E.

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Hi All,

There's a great 'pattern-matching' shortcut built into this question that can help you to avoid much of the 'math work' involved.

We're told to use the digits 1, 5 and 8 to form every possible 3-digit number (including those with duplicate digits) and then take the sum of those numbers.

Since the digits can be repeated, we're dealing with the numbers that fall into the range of 111 to 888, inclusive. There are (3)(3)(3) = 27 total numbers and 1/3 of those numbers will begin with an 8. From THAT deduction, we know that the sum of those 9 numbers will be greater than (9)(800) = 7200. There's only one answer that fits that description...

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With 1 in the hundreds place, there are 9 numbers that could be created, since repetition is allowed. So 1 occurs 9 times in hundreds place = 900
Similarly it occurs 9 times in tens place = 90
and 9 times in ones place = 9

999 * 1 = 999

Similarly for 5 and 8

999 ( 1 + 5 + 8) = 999 * 14 = (1000 - 1) * 14 = 14,000 - 14 = 13,986
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(1+5+8) * 9 = 126
(1+5+8) * 9 * 10 = 1260
(1+5+8) * 9 * 10 * 10 =12600

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