I'm trying to figure out this question and this is my thought process right now. Any help would be appreciated because I feel like im doing something wrong.
Considering a string of 28 characters, how do we determine how many strings would start and end with the same letter (only lowercase) . If I dont consider the first and last character, then there are 26 characters left. Each character has the possibility of being one of the 26 possible letters in the alphabet. So is that 26 characters x 26 letters = 676. Then since there are 26 letters in the alphabet, then the first and last characters could be one of the 26 possible letters. So 676 x 26 = 17576, which is the answer?