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Dear Janet.  I write mystery novels.

I'm working on a project involving a safe, with a combination lock - 4 numbers, from0 to 99.

a character has the first number.  How many possible combnations would there be to get the next 3.

I know this would not be possible, but I want to explain to the reader just how difficult it would be.

Thank you,

Jerry Kennealy

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There are 1000 possibilities for the last three digits. There happens to be a very good explanation of this very problem at http://www.mathsisfun.com/combinatorics/combinations-permutations.html, section 1.


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One THOUSAND, not one hundred!

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Janet Yang

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I can answer questions in Algebra, Basic Math, Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry, Number Theory, and Word Problems. I would not feel comfortable answering questions in Probability and Statistics or Topology because I have not studied these in depth.

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I tutor students (fifth through twelfth grades) and am a Top Contributor on Yahoo!Answers with over 24,000 math solutions.

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Co-author of An Outline of Scientific Writing: For Researchers With English as a Foreign Language

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I have a Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.

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George White Elementary School. Homework Help program at the Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood, NJ. Individual students.

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