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How many strings of 6 letters can be made using only the letters A, B,

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How many strings of 6 letters can be made using only the letters A, B, and C, or only the letters D, E, and F ?

A. 2×3^6
B. 3×2^6
C. 3×3^6
D. 2×2^6
E. 6^6

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How many strings of 6 letters can be made using only the letters A, B, and C, or only the letters D, E, and F ?

A. 2×3^6
B. 3×2^6
C. 3×3^6
D. 2×2^6
E. 6^6




3^6 + 3^6 = 2*3^6

IMO : A
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Bunuel wrote:
How many strings of 6 letters can be made using only the letters A, B, and C, or only the letters D, E, and F ?

A. 2×3^6
B. 3×2^6
C. 3×3^6
D. 2×2^6
E. 6^6


Using FCP or "slot" method.
There are six slots.
The total possibilities are calculated by:
# of possibilities for 1st pick *
# of possibilities for 2nd pick *
# of possibilities for 3rd pick, etc.

For Set 1, with A, B, and C:
For each pick, for ALL of the six slots, you have 3 choices, A, B, or C

You could have AAAAAA, e.g. or BCBCBCA - order doesn't matter, repetition is allowed.

3 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 =\(3^6\) for Set 1

Set 2, with just letters D, E, and F, gets calculated exactly the same way as Set 1.
So Set 2's total possibilities = \(3^6\)

Then you add the separate cases' possibilities.

\((3^6 + 3^6) = (2 * 3^6)\)

Answer A
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