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Powerful Digit (Posted on 2011-03-29) Difficulty: 3 of 5
For a randomly chosen real number x on the interval (0,10) find the exact probability of each:

(1) That x and 2x have the same first digit

(2) That x and x2 have the same first digit

(3) That x2 and 2x have the same first digit.

(4) That x, x2 and 2x all have the same first digit.

First digit refers to the first non-zero digit of the number written in decimal form.

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answers | Comment 4 of 12 |
As a real number line has an infinite number of points an exact probability can not be given for a randomly chosen real number but only an approximation. As we are given the notation for the interval as (0,10) and not [0,10], both endpoints, 0 and 10, are excluded.

An approximation for each is given:
(1) 0.05443...
(2) 0.19830...
(3) 0.28425...
(4) 0.0152...

Edited on March 30, 2011, 12:03 pm
  Posted by Dej Mar on 2011-03-30 04:17:59

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