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Of the three-digit integers greater than 700, how many have two digits that are equal to each other and the remaining digit different from the other two?

(A) 90 (B) 82 (C) 80 (D) 45 (E) 36

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Of the three-digit integers greater than 700, how many have two digits that are equal to each other and the remaining digit different from the other two?

(A) 90 (B) 82 (C) 80 (D) 45 (E) 36

Three digit number can have only following 3 patterns: A. all digits are distinct; B. two digits are alike and third is different; C. all three digits are alike.

We need to calculate B. B=Total - A - C

Total numbers from 700 to 999 = 299 (3-digit numbers greater than 700); A. all digits are distinct = 3*9*8=216 (first digit can have only three values 7, 8, or 9); C. all three are alike = 3 (777, 888, 999).

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Of the three-digit integers greater than 700, how many have two digits that are equal to each other and the remaining digit different from the other two?

(A) 90 (B) 82 (C) 80 (D) 45 (E) 36

Diagnostic Test Question: 11 Page: 22 Difficulty: 650

The first digit can be 7, 8 or 9, so three possibilities. If the first digit is repeated, we have \(2 * 9\) possibilities, because the numbers can be of the form \(aab\) or \(aba\), where \(b\neq a\). If the first digit is not repeated, the number is of the form \(abb\), for which there are 9 possibilities. This gives a total of 27 choices for a given first digit. Altogether, we will have \(3 * 27 = 81\) choices from which we have to eliminate one choice, 700 (because the numbers should be greater than 700). We are finally left with 80 choices.

Answer: C
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Of the three-digit integers greater than 700, how many have two digits that are equal to each other and the remaining digit different from the other two?

(A) 90 (B) 82 (C) 80 (D) 45 (E) 36

Three digit number can have only following 3 patterns: A. all digits are distinct; B. two digits are alike and third is different; C. all three digits are alike.

We need to calculate B. B=Total - A - C

Total numbers from 700 to 999 = 299 (3-digit numbers greater than 700); A. all digits are distinct = 3*9*8=216 (first digit can have only three values 7, 8, or 9); C. all three are alike = 3 (777, 888, 999).

Of the three-digit integers greater than 700, how many have two digits that are equal to each other and the remaining digit different from the other two?

(A) 90 (B) 82 (C) 80 (D) 45 (E) 36

Three digit number can have only following 3 patterns: A. all digits are distinct; B. two digits are alike and third is different; C. all three digits are alike.

We need to calculate B. B=Total - A - C

Total numbers from 700 to 999 = 299 (3-digit numbers greater than 700); A. all digits are distinct = 3*9*8=216 (first digit can have only three values 7, 8, or 9); C. all three are alike = 3 (777, 888, 999).

So, 299-216-3=80.

Answer: C.

I just dont't understand why the "3*9*8" can anyone explain me? please

A. all digits are distinct = 3*9*8=216 (first digit can have only three values 7, 8, or 9);

Since given three-digit integers must be greater than 700, then the first digit can take three values: 7, 8, or 9. The second digit can take 9 values: 10 digits minus one digit we've already used for the first digit. Similarly, the third digit can take 8 values: 10 digits minus two digits we've already used for the first and second digits.

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Hi,

To satify the given condition, required no. of cases = total numbers - numbers with all digits different - numbers when all three digits are same, number greater than 700; total numbers = 1*10*10 = 100 numbers with all digits different = 1*9*8 = 72 numbers when all three digits are same (777) = 1 req. = 100- 72 - 1 = 27 considering the numbers between 700 & 999 = 27*3=81 Answer is 80 ('cause 700 can't be included)

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For 3 digit numbers greater than 700, the first digit has to be 7, 8, or 9. The last two digits can be anything except 00.

There can be three possible cases for such numbers:

Case 1- first two digits same. The last digit has to be different from the first two. As the first digit is constrained to be 7,8,or 9, total number of such numbers = 3*9 = 27

Case 2 - first and third digits same. By the same logic as above, total number of such numbers = 27

Case 3 - second and third digits same. Total number of such numbers = (3*9)-1 = 26 (we need to subtract one to remove the 00 case).

Therefore total = 27 + 27 + 26 = 80 numbers (option C)

We have assumed here that numbers where all three digits are the same are not allowed.
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From 701 to 799 we will have: 711, 722.... 799( excluding 777 ) = 8; From 770 to 779 we have 9 numbers ( excluding 777 ). We will also have numbers such as 707, 717, 727.... 797, total 9 numbers ( excluding 777 ) Similarly from 800 to 899 we will have 9 numbers ( we will exclude 888 ) From 880 to 899 we will once again have 9 numbers We will also have numbers such as 808, 818.... 898, total 9 numbers ( excluding 888 ) Similarly for numbers greater than equal to 900 and till 999 we will have 27 such numbers. Total = 26(>700) + 27(>=800) + 27(>=900) = 80 such numbers.

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SOLUTION

Of the three-digit integers greater than 700, how many have two digits that are equal to each other and the remaining digit different from the other two?

(A) 90 (B) 82 (C) 80 (D) 45 (E) 36

Three digit number can have only following 3 patterns: A. all digits are distinct; B. two digits are alike and third is different; C. all three digits are alike.

We need to calculate B. B=Total - A - C

Total numbers from 700 to 999 = 299 (3-digit numbers greater than 700); A. all digits are distinct = 3*9*8=216 (first digit can have only three values 7, 8, or 9); C. all three are alike = 3 (777, 888, 999).

So, 299-216-3=80.

Answer: C.

I just dont't understand why the "3*9*8" can anyone explain me? please

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Of the three-digit integers greater than 700, how many have two digits that are equal to each other and the remaining digit different from the other two?

(A) 90 (B) 82 (C) 80 (D) 45 (E) 36

Let the three digit number be represented as X Y Z.

There are 3 cases:

Case I. [ X=Y ] & Z is not equal to X & Y : XXZ or YYZ X can be either 7, 8 or 9, so digit at X can be chosen in 3 ways After X is chosen, Y can be chosen in 1 way After X & Y are chosen, Z can be chosen in 9 ways Thus, possible No of digits = (3 ways) * (1 way) * (9 ways) = 27 ....(1) [example numbers: 774,779,882,993 etc]

Case II. [ X=Z ] & Y is not equal to X & Z: XYXor ZYZ X can be either 7, 8 or 9, so digit at X can be chosen in 3 ways After X is chosen, Z can be chosen in 1 way After X & Z are chosen, Z can be chosen in 9 ways Thus, possible No of digits = (3 ways) * (9 ways) * (1 way) = 27 ....(2) [example numbers: 747,797,828,939 etc]

Case III. [ Y =Z ]& X is not equal to Y & Z :XYY or XZZ X can be either 7, 8 or 9, so digit at X can be chosen in 3 ways After X is chosen, Y can be chosen in 9 ways After Y is chosen, Z can have 1 way Thus, possible No of digits = (3 ways) * (1 way) * (9 ways) = 27 ....(3) [example numbers: 744,799,822,933 etc]

Therefore, total numbers of possible digits [sum of Case (1), (2) & (3) above] = 27 + 27 + 27 - 1 = 80 One digit is subtracted from total number of possible digits to eliminate one possibility of XYZ = 700 to satisfy the condition that digit > 700.

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Of the three-digit integers greater than 700, how many have two digits that are equal to each other and the remaining digit different from the other two?

(A) 90 (B) 82 (C) 80 (D) 45 (E) 36

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lets count the number for one range 700-799 and we will multiply it by 3 .

77_= 9 7_7= 9 7__= 9 so total 27 numbers are there starting with 7XX . total 81 such numbers will be there in 700-999 inclusive .

as the question asks for all such numbers which are greater than 700 so 81 -1 = 80 Answer D .
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three digit number can have only following 3 patterns: A. all digits are distinct; B. two digits are alike and third is different; C. all three digits are alike.

We need to calculate B. B=Total - A - C

Total numbers from 700 to 999 = 299 (3-digit numbers greater than 700); A. all digits are distinct = 3*9*8=216 (first digit can have only three values 7, 8, or 9); C. all three are alike = 3 (777, 888, 999).

So, 299-216-3=80.

Answer: C.

I am not able to understand this line, A. all digits are distinct = 3*9*8=216 (first digit can have only three values 7, 8, or 9); shouldn' t it be 3*8*8 (since zero cant be there in units digit right) ??

You are right about the range of the numbers. In the solution presented we are subtracting from total possible numbers (i.e. 299) the numbers which have all the 3 digits same and the numbers which have all the three digits distinct. In case of numbers with distinct digits between 701 and 999 both inclusive we can have numbers like 710, 720... etc. So zero can be there at the units place.

Alternatively in case of numbers with exactly two similar digits we can have numbers like 800,900 or 770, 880, 990 which have zero at their units place.

Hope it's clear . Let me know if you are having trouble at any point of the explanation.

I believe you already have gotten an good explanation of this particular math question. Bunuel is indeed a gifted teacher.

I want to point out something to you about the OG. The questions in the OG are released GMAT question: these questions are among the most rigorously examined questions on the entire planet. They went through several rounds of testing before they ever were on the GMAT, and they generated buckets of data while they were on the GMAT. By the the time any questions gets released from the GMAT and into an OG, it has a mountain of data behind its validity. By contrast, the explanations in the OG are only written when the book needs to be published, and when GMAC introduce additional questions in a new edition, some poor grad student somewhere has to produce new explanations. It's not clear to me that these explanations go through any feedback process at all. Some of the explanations are good, and some are simply atrocious. A few say things that are blatantly wrong. Most experts here on GMAT Club can give much better explanations than those that appear in the OG.

If the questions in the OG are like the crown jewels of Britain, the OG explanations are like costume jewelry one buys at a discount. If the questions in the OG are a world-class meal specially prepared by the finest chefs on earth, the OG explanations are like fast food. The difference in quality is mindboggling, and many students are entirely unaware of this difference because they are all bound in the same book with the same font.

Don't be fooled. Rely on the questions in the OG, but don't rely on the explanations. Get higher quality explanations here on GMAT Club, from Bunuel, Souvik, myself, and others.

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There are 2 numbers that have the same two digits for each of the 10's (700-709, 710-719, 720-729, etc.), with the exception for where the tens digit is the same as the hundreds (770-779), in this scenario there are 9 digits that have the same two digits.

So for 700-799 inclusive there are (9 * 2) + 9 - 1 = 26 numbers that the same two digits. Subtract one cause 700 shouldn't be included. For 800 - 999 the calculation simply becomes 27 * 2 = 54

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Total Number of 3 digit number greter than 700 = 299 In 700 series - The total number of number with distinct digit = 9*8 So from 700 till 999 we will have - 3*9*8 = 216 So total number of numbers with duplicate digit = 299-216 = 83 Need to Subtract 777,888 & 999 so answer is 80.

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Bunuel, what an elegant solution as always! Please can you provide more such problems for practice? I often struggle with this type. Thanks!
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