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Zip Code question [#permalink]  10 Nov 2009, 10:47
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How many 5 digit ( digit = 0 - 9 ) zip codes can exist in which atleast one digit is repeated ?
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Re: Zip Code question [#permalink]  10 Nov 2009, 11:03
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How many 5 digit ( digit = 0 - 9 ) zip codes can exist in which atleast one digit is repeated ?

Zip codes with 5 digits (all five digits can be repeated): 10^5=100,000

Zip codes with no digit being repeated: 10*9*8*7*6=30,240

Zip codes with at least one digit being repeated: 100,000-30,240=69,760
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Re: Zip Code question [#permalink]  10 Nov 2009, 11:37
Bunuel wrote:
HopefulOldie wrote:
How many 5 digit ( digit = 0 - 9 ) zip codes can exist in which atleast one digit is repeated ?

Zip codes with 5 digits (all five digits can be repeated): 10^5=100,000 if first digit is 0, its no longer 5-digit right?

Zip codes with no digit being repeated: 10*9*8*7*6=30,240 if first digit is 0, its no longer 5-digit right?

Zip codes with at least one digit being repeated: 100,000-30,240=69,760

Zip codes with 5 digits (all five digits can be repeated): 9 * 10 ^4 = 90000
Zip codes with no digit being repeated: 9*9*8*7*6 = 27216

Zip codes with at least one digit being repeated: 90000-27216 = 62784 ?
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Re: Zip Code question [#permalink]  10 Nov 2009, 11:39
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You got it ... BINGO !!!

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You are pretty close but the zip codes can start with 0.

Total combination for zip code = 10 * 10 * 10 * 10 * 10 ( A )

Total combinations without single digit repeated = 10 * 9 * 8 * 7 * 6 ( B )

For those who have taken GMAT do you think this is a 600 or a 700 level question.

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Re: Zip Code question [#permalink]  10 Nov 2009, 11:47
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Zip codes with 5 digits (all five digits can be repeated): 9 * 10 ^4 = 90000
Zip codes with no digit being repeated: 9*9*8*7*6 = 27216

Zip codes with at least one digit being repeated: 90000-272162784 ?

I don't think this should be the case:

5 digit ZIP code is different from 5 digit number, I suppose. 5 digit number can not start with 0, as it becomes 4 digit in this case but 5 digit ZIP code can be 01234. Meaning that if we take zip code of a credit card, it can start with 0 eg 01234 and still be 5 digit.

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Re: Zip Code question [#permalink]  10 Nov 2009, 12:16
Cool, now I see, zip code is a code and not a number - OMG how many things we need to keep track of ... its real scary out there

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Re: Zip Code question [#permalink]  13 May 2011, 02:13
All possibilities - No digit is repeated

= (10 * 10 * 10 * 10 * 10) - (6 *7 * 8 * 9 * 10)

= 100000 - 42 * 720

= 100000 - 30240

= 69760
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Re: Zip Code question [#permalink]  13 May 2011, 13:30
I think it should be mentioned that Zip Code can start with 0.
Which is the case I have never seen in India.

How was we suppose to know this Universal Rule?
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