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A 5-digit code consists of one number digit chosen from 1, 2, 3 and four letters chosen from A, B, C, D, E. If the first and last digit must be a letter digit and each digit can appear more than once in a code, how many different codes are possible?

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Choose one number from 3 numbers in 3C1 = 3 ways
Choose one position from the middle three for the number in 3C1 = 3 ways
The other four positions can be filled by the 5 letters in 5^4 ways.

Therefore total number of codes possible = 3*3*(5^4) = 5,625

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Choose one number from 3 numbers in 3C1 = 3 ways
Choose four letters from 5 letters in 5C4 = 5 ways
Choose one position from the middle three for the number in 3C1 = 3 ways
The other four positions can be filled by the 4 letters in 4^4 ways.

Therefore total number of codes possible = 3*5*3*(4^4) = 45*16*16 = 11,520




For the first and last positions the letters can be chosen in 5c1 ways, but if we get say the same letter twice then we need to divide by 2! to avoid duplicates since we are looking for different codes.

For the 3 positions in between, we can choose 1 digit in 4c1 ways, and the remaining 2 digits in 5c1 and 5c1 ways. These three can rearrange themselves in 3! ways and we again divide by 2! to avoid duplicates since we can have the letters to repeat themselves. I have shown this below :-

5c1 [(4c1*5c1*5c1)3!]/2! 5c1

1 2 3 4 5

Therefore total according to me would be :-

[(5c1*5c1)/2!]*[(4c1*5c1*5c1)3!]/2! = (25*25*6*4)/4 = 3750.

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A friend asked me this question recently and I wasn't able to get the official answer for this question. I am not sure about the source or the difficulty level. The questions is as follows :-

A 5-digit code consists of one number digit chosen from 1, 2, 3 and four letters chosen from A, B, C, D, E. If the first and last digit must be a letter digit and each digit can appear more than once in a code, how many different codes are possible?

A. 375
B. 625
C. 1,875
D. 3,750
E. 5,625


Notice that each digit can appear more than once in a code.

Since there should be 4 letters in a code (X-X-X-X) and each letter can take 5 values (A, B, C, D, E) then total # of combinations of the letters only is 5*5*5*5=5^4.

Now, we are told that the first and last digit must be a letter digit, so number digit can take any of the three slots between the letters: X-X-X-X, so 3 positions and the digit itself can take 3 values (1, 2, 3).

So, total # of codes is 5^4*3*3=5,625.

Answer: E.

Similar question to practice: a-4-letter-code-word-consists-of-letters-a-b-and-c-if-the-59065.html

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GyanOne wrote:
Choose one number from 3 numbers in 3C1 = 3 ways
Choose four letters from 5 letters in 5C4 = 5 ways
Choose one position from the middle three for the number in 3C1 = 3 ways
The other four positions can be filled by the 4 letters in 4^4 ways.

Therefore total number of codes possible = 3*5*3*(4^4) = 45*16*16 = 11,520




For the first and last positions the letters can be chosen in 5c1 ways, but if we get say the same letter twice then we need to divide by 2! to avoid duplicates since we are looking for different codes.

For the 3 positions in between, we can choose 1 digit in 4c1 ways, and the remaining 2 digits in 5c1 and 5c1 ways. These three can rearrange themselves in 3! ways and we again divide by 2! to avoid duplicates since we can have the letters to repeat themselves. I have shown this below :-

5c1 [(4c1*5c1*5c1)3!]/2! 5c1

1 2 3 4 5

Therefore total according to me would be :-

[(5c1*5c1)/2!]*[(4c1*5c1*5c1)3!]/2! = (25*25*6*4)/4 = 3750.

Can anyone correct where i am making a mistake.


You are allowed duplicates. Even if A appears in the first as well as the last position, it will give you a code different from what you get when you have different letters in the first and the last position. You need to arrange the letters here. If instead you needed to just select groups, then yes, you would have worried about the effect of duplicates.

You select a letter for the first position in 5C1 ways and a letter for the last position in 5C1 ways.
Say you put the digit in the second position. You can select a digit for the second position in 3C1 ways.
You can select the letters for the third and fourth positions in 5C1 and 5C1 ways.
Hence, you get 5*3*5*5*5 codes.
But here, we have put the digit in the second place. It could have been in the third or fourth place too. So you multiply the above given result by 3.
Hence total number of codes = 5*3*5*5*5*3 = 5625
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GyanOne wrote:
Choose one number from 3 numbers in 3C1 = 3 ways
Choose four letters from 5 letters in 5C4 = 5 ways
Choose one position from the middle three for the number in 3C1 = 3 ways
The other four positions can be filled by the 4 letters in 4^4 ways.

Therefore total number of codes possible = 3*5*3*(4^4) = 45*16*16 = 11,520




For the first and last positions the letters can be chosen in 5c1 ways, but if we get say the same letter twice then we need to divide by 2! to avoid duplicates since we are looking for different codes.

For the 3 positions in between, we can choose 1 digit in 4c1 ways, and the remaining 2 digits in 5c1 and 5c1 ways. These three can rearrange themselves in 3! ways and we again divide by 2! to avoid duplicates since we can have the letters to repeat themselves. I have shown this below :-

5c1 [(4c1*5c1*5c1)3!]/2! 5c1

1 2 3 4 5

Therefore total according to me would be :-

[(5c1*5c1)/2!]*[(4c1*5c1*5c1)3!]/2! = (25*25*6*4)/4 = 3750.

Can anyone correct where i am making a mistake.


You are allowed duplicates. Even if A appears in the first as well as the last position, it will give you a code different from what you get when you have different letters in the first and the last position. You need to arrange the letters here. If instead you needed to just select groups, then yes, you would have worried about the effect of duplicates.

You select a letter for the first position in 5C1 ways and a letter for the last position in 5C1 ways.
Say you put the digit in the second position. You can select a digit for the second position in 3C1 ways.
You can select the letters for the third and fourth positions in 5C1 and 5C1 ways.
Hence, you get 5*3*5*5*5 codes.
But here, we have put the digit in the second place. It could have been in the third or fourth place too. So you multiply the above given result by 3.
Hence total number of codes = 5*3*5*5*5*3 = 5625



Karishma can you tell me wher I am wrong-
1st and last places can be filled in 5 X 5 ways, another 3 this way

5C1X5C1X3C1 and they can be arranged among 3! ways = 5C1X5C1X3C1 x3! = 5x5x3x3x2

finally
5x5x5x5x3x3x2
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Karishma can you tell me wher I am wrong-
1st and last places can be filled in 5 X 5 ways, another 3 this way

5C1X5C1X3C1 and they can be arranged among 3! ways = 5C1X5C1X3C1 x3! = 5x5x3x3x2

finally
5x5x5x5x3x3x2


I am not sure how you have worked this out.

5*5 is fine for first and last positions - they must be letters. But you need 5 digit code so you have another 3 positions to fill

* _ _ _ *

You must use one number digit so you can select a number digit in 3 ways and the position for that number digit in 3 ways.
Also the other two positions must be letters so they can be selected in 5*5 ways.

In all, 5*5*3*3*5*5
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Can someone pls tell me if my approach is correct :

We need to fill these 5 blank spaces. _ _ _ _ _
We have 5 letters of which we need to pick 4. That makes it 5P4. Now 4 of these 5 letters could repeat too. So to account for this, we need to divide 5P4 by 4!
Of the 3 numbers we need to pick 1. So 3P1.
This makes it
5P4/4! * 3P1 * 5P4/4! * 5P4/4! * 5P4/4!
or 5P4/4! * 5P4/4! * 3P1 * 5P4/4! * 5P4/4!
or 5P4/4! * 5P4/4! * 5P4/4! * 3P1 * 5P4/4!

Accounting for all the scenarios we get
5P4/4! * 3P1 * 5P4/4! * 5P4/4! * 5P4/4!
+ 5P4/4! * 5P4/4! * 3P1 * 5P4/4! * 5P4/4!
+ 5P4/4! * 5P4/4! * 5P4/4! * 3P1 * 5P4/4!

=5*3*5*5*5 + 5*5*3*5*5 + 5*5*5*3*5
=5*3*5*5*5*3
=5625.

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Can someone explain why the first and last digits are 5^2 and not just 5 options?

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Can someone explain why the first and last digits are 5^2 and not just 5 options?




since repetitions are allowed, there are 5 ways to choose the letters for the first slot, and five ways to choose for last slot

thats 5 x _ x _ x _ x 5

you still have to choose 1 digit and 2 letters between. For the letters, again, repetitions are allowed so each slot can be filled in 5 ways. For digit, it can only be filled in 3 ways. However, since the digit can be in any one of the 3 middle slots, so we multiply by 3 again:

5 x 3 x 5 x 5 x 5 or
5 x 5 x 3 x 5 x 5 or
5 x 5 x 5 x 3 x 5

so 5 x 5 x 5 x 5 x 3 x 3 = 5^4 x 3^2 = 5625.

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Hey guys, I solved this similarly, but it took me some time (4.5mins). Can someone explain what I can/should do differently? Here are my steps below.

1. Deep breath (bc combo problems give me anxiety)

2. 5 letter word ( _ _ _ _ _ )

3. First and last choices are letters ( 5 _ _ _ 5)

4. The middle includes a number so the choices are:
5 3 5 5 5
5 5 3 5 5
5 5 5 3 5

5. If we add these up, we get:
3 * (5*3*5*5*5) = 5^4 * 3^2 = 625*9 = something slightly less than 6250... (I'm quickly running out of steam here...)

6. Choose E because it is the closest answer and I've already spent way too much time on this problem

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_ _ _ _ _

The first and last letter must be one of the letter A,B,C,D and E.

one digit would be a number out of 1,2,and 3.

So,we have 5*3*5*5*5-Digit takes the second position-1875

If digit- takes third position we have 5*5*3*5*5-1875

If digit takes the fourth position,we have 5*5*5*3*5-1875

All add up to 5625

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A 5-digit code consists of one number digit chosen from 1, 2, 3 and four letters chosen from A, B, C, D, E. If the first and last digit must be a letter digit and each digit can appear more than once in a code, how many different codes are possible?

A. 375
B. 625
C. 1,875
D. 3,750
E. 5,625

A bit logic is needed for this problem.there are three letters and we need to form 4 letters code.
_ _ _ (A,B,or C).For every code we have to repeat one letter.

So, the solution will be : 3*4/2! = 36 .
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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
samarthgupta wrote:
GyanOne wrote:
Choose one number from 3 numbers in 3C1 = 3 ways
Choose four letters from 5 letters in 5C4 = 5 ways
Choose one position from the middle three for the number in 3C1 = 3 ways
The other four positions can be filled by the 4 letters in 4^4 ways.

Therefore total number of codes possible = 3*5*3*(4^4) = 45*16*16 = 11,520




For the first and last positions the letters can be chosen in 5c1 ways, but if we get say the same letter twice then we need to divide by 2! to avoid duplicates since we are looking for different codes.

For the 3 positions in between, we can choose 1 digit in 4c1 ways, and the remaining 2 digits in 5c1 and 5c1 ways. These three can rearrange themselves in 3! ways and we again divide by 2! to avoid duplicates since we can have the letters to repeat themselves. I have shown this below :-

5c1 [(4c1*5c1*5c1)3!]/2! 5c1

1 2 3 4 5

Therefore total according to me would be :-

[(5c1*5c1)/2!]*[(4c1*5c1*5c1)3!]/2! = (25*25*6*4)/4 = 3750.

Can anyone correct where i am making a mistake.


You are allowed duplicates. Even if A appears in the first as well as the last position, it will give you a code different from what you get when you have different letters in the first and the last position. You need to arrange the letters here. If instead you needed to just select groups, then yes, you would have worried about the effect of duplicates.

You select a letter for the first position in 5C1 ways and a letter for the last position in 5C1 ways.
Say you put the digit in the second position. You can select a digit for the second position in 3C1 ways.
You can select the letters for the third and fourth positions in 5C1 and 5C1 ways.
Hence, you get 5*3*5*5*5 codes.
But here, we have put the digit in the second place. It could have been in the third or fourth place too. So you multiply the above given result by 3.
Hence total number of codes = 5*3*5*5*5*3 = 5625


The question is not difficult to do once it's understood. I think the question is very badly written, because I had to read it at least thrice to get to know what exactly it is asking. I found the language really bad on this question
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A 5-digit code consists of one number digit chosen from 1, 2, 3 and four letters chosen from A, B, C, D, E. If the first and last digit must be a letter digit and each digit can appear more than once in a code, how many different codes are possible?

A. 375
B. 625
C. 1,875
D. 3,750
E. 5,625


Let’s determine the number of ways we can produce each digit.

If L denotes a letter digit and N denotes a number digit, the possibilities for the code are L-N-L-L-L, L-L-N-L-L, and L-L-L-N-L. Note that there are an equal number of possible codes for each of these formats, therefore we will find the number of L-N-L-L-L codes and multiply the result by three.

Since the first digit must be a letter, we have 5 options for the first digit. Since the second digit is a number, there are 3 options for the second digit. For the third, fourth, and fifth digits, we have 5 options each. In total, there are 5 x 3 x 5 x 5 x 5 = 1875 L-N-L-L-L codes. Since the total number of codes is three times that, there are 1875 x 3 = 5625 possible codes.

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