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A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward. For example, 2442 and 111 are palindromes. If 5-digit palindromes are formed using one or more of the digits 1, 2, 3, how many such palindromes are possible?

A. 12
B. 15
C. 18
D. 28
E. 27

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A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward. For example, 2442 and 111 are palindromes. If 5-digit palindromes are formed using one or more of the digits 1, 2, 3, how many such palindromes are possible?

A. 12
B. 15
C. 18
D. 28
E. 27
To read the same forward and backward, the 5-digit integer must look as follows:
ABCBA.
The ten-thousands digit and the units digit must be THE SAME.
The thousands digit and the tens digit must also be THE SAME.

Number of options for the ten-thousands digit = 3. (1, 2, or 3)
Number of options for the units digit = 1. (Must be the same as the ten-thousands digit)
Number of options for the thousands digit = 3. (1, 2, or 3)
Number of options for the tens digit = 1. (Must be the same as the thousands digit)
Number of options for the hundreds digit = 3. (1, 2, or 3)
To combine these options, we multiply:
3*3*3*1*1 = 27.

The correct answer is E.
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AAPL wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:13 am
GMAT Prep

A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward. For example, 2442 and 111 are palindromes. If 5-digit palindromes are formed using one or more of the digits 1, 2, 3, how many such palindromes are possible?

A. 12
B. 15
C. 18
D. 28
E. 27

OA E

Solution:

We have 3 options for the first digit, 3 options for the second, 3 options for the third, 1 option for the fourth (since it has to be the same as the second), and 1 option for the fifth (since it has to be the same as the first). Thus, there are 3 x 3 x 3 = 27 possible palindromes.

Answer: E

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