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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:

7_340_46_2010_51_49

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 EASY does it | Comment 11 of 15 |


solution: the sum of all the digits mod 9 is 5, while
the only possible outcomes for a square are:

0,1,4, and 7.
therefore out of the 6 tiles either one of the fives or
a seven or a 4 are not a part of the original number

still a long way to go...............

ady
Edited on March 23, 2004, 5:50 pm
  Posted by Ady TZIDON on 2004-03-23 17:38:43
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