Question: In how many ways we can select two numbers between $1$ and $100$ so that the two selected numbers have a difference of at most $10$.

My Approach: I calculated the answer to be $925$ but I am not really sure if it is the correct answer.

This how I approached it, As the question says "between" so it means numbers ranging from $2$ to $99$, so $(2,3), (2,4), (2,5), (2,6),\dots,(2,12)$ so $10$ ways like this proceeding similarly till $(89,99)$ we will get $880$ numbers. From here onwards, $(90,99)$—$9$ ways; $(91,99)$ &mdash $8$ ways; … $(98,99)$ — $1$ way, so $45$ ways like this. Adding up all: $880+45 = 925$ ways in all

Can someone please help me with this question? Thanks in advance.

  • $\begingroup$ What help do you need? You have solved it correctly. I might have recognized the triangular number at the top end more quickly than you express in your post, but that is the only simplification that I see. $\endgroup$ – Ross Millikan Nov 1 '13 at 4:24
  • $\begingroup$ I am not really sure about the answer, hence I wanted to ask the community if it is right or wrong, if it is wrong then how to proceed correctly. $\endgroup$ – Walter White Nov 1 '13 at 4:28
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    $\begingroup$ Between $1$ and $100$ is more likely to be intended as including the endpoints. $\endgroup$ – André Nicolas Nov 1 '13 at 4:36
  • $\begingroup$ I agree with Andre' Nicolas. However, if the problem does exclude the endpoints, then you have a nice solution. Well done! :) $\endgroup$ – 1233dfv Nov 1 '13 at 4:41
  • $\begingroup$ Is "between 1 to 100" the exact wording of the question? The normal English expression is "between 1 and 100". $\endgroup$ – bof Nov 1 '13 at 4:42


explanation: let the smaller number is chosen from 1 to 90 any number. if the chosen number is n then another number can be any number from (n+1) to (n+10). the number of pair is 90*10 if the smaller number belongs to 1 from 90. then if if the samller number is greater than 90 then number of pair is 10C2=45


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