2009 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 11
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Problem
How many -digit palindromes (numbers that read the same backward as forward) can be formed using the digits , , , , , , ?
Solution
A seven-digit palindrome is a number of the form . Clearly, must be , as we have an odd number of fives. We are then left with . There are permutations of these three numbers, since each is reflected over the midpoint we only have to count the first there. Each of the permutations of the set will give us one palindrome.
Solution 2
Say we have a 2 first. Then, we have a 2 pinned as the last digit, so we have to fill in the remaining digits with only 3's and 5's. We have 2 options for the second digit then, and the rest is fixed. This means that we have ways for this case.
Say we have a 3 first. By symmetry, this is the same as the 2 cases, so we have ways.
Say we have a 5 first. We then have a 5 in the middle. We can either have a 2 second or a 3 second. So we have ways.
This means that our answer is
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