# 2018 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 3

## Problem

In the expression $\left(\underline{\qquad}\times\underline{\qquad}\right)+\left(\underline{\qquad}\times\underline{\qquad}\right)$ each blank is to be filled in with one of the digits $1,2,3,$ or $4,$ with each digit being used once. How many different values can be obtained? $\textbf{(A) }2 \qquad \textbf{(B) }3\qquad \textbf{(C) }4 \qquad \textbf{(D) }6 \qquad \textbf{(E) }24 \qquad$

## Solution 1 - Combinations

We have $\binom{4}{2}$ ways to choose the pairs, and we have $2$ ways for the values to be switched so $\frac{6}{2}=\boxed{3.}$

## Solution 2

We have four available numbers $(1, 2, 3, 4)$. Because different permutations do not matter because they are all addition and multiplication, if we put $1$ on the first space, it is obvious there are $\boxed{3}$ possible outcomes $(2, 3, 4)$.

## Solution 3

There are $4!$ ways to arrange the numbers and $2!2!2!$ overcounts per way due to commutativity. Therefore, the answer is $\frac{4!}{2!2!2!}=\boxed{3}$

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