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Squares Probability II (Posted on 2004-03-23) Difficulty: 3 of 5
You have created a 19 digit number with your 20 digit tiles as follows:


Unfortunately someone knocked out 5 of the number tiles and placed them with the remaining number tile. The 6 tiles that are out are 6 3 2 8 9 3.

Without using any calculators, programs, or similar devices, what is the easiest way to figure out what the probability that my original 19-digit number will be a perfect square and what is this probability?

Note: The pesky "someone" also renumbered the number tiles so they were wrong and you couldn't tell what the right numbers are. This has been fixed to make the problem easier.

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Some Thoughts Too simple/naive?? | Comment 8 of 15 |

My first thoughts had to do with the one's place digit.

The one's place of any square number is as follows, in the form of One's digit of X : One's digit of X^2

0:0   1:1   2:4   3:9   4:6   5:5   6:6   7:9   8:4   9:1

So, out of these 10 possibilities, a 9 for the squared number shows up twice.  So how about the answer being a 1/5 probability of the 19 digit number being a perfect square?

This is probably too simple and naive of an approach, but I thought it was possible that all the other information was supposed to be distracting/misleading.  I figured this idea was worth embarassing myself =)

Otherwise, I like Charlie's approach with the 1(even digit)49 concept.

  Posted by nikki on 2004-03-23 16:07:58
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