# 3 digit odd numbers that can be formed using 0,3,5,7 - no repetition

Q. How many 3 digit odd numbers can be formed using 0,3,5,7, repetition not allowed.

WHAT I DID :-

3 x 3 x 1 = 9

For Hundredth place - It can be filled in 3 ways (any of 3,5,7), we cannot use 0.

For Tens place - It can be filled in 3 ways (from 0,3,5,7) as one of 3,5,7 already filled in hundredth place.

For Ones place - It can be filled in 1 way as two digits of 3,5,7 already used in above two places and it cannot use 0.

SOLUTION ON THE BOOK SAYS: -

It fills Hundredth first, then Ones and then Second. 3 X 2 X 2 = 12

What is that I'm not understanding or doing wrong?? How is it determined that which order should be followed, like first we should fill hundredth placed then first place then others ?

• You don't have to, but life is simpler if you do. It is often useful to take care of "restrictions" first. The middle digit is not fussy. But neither hundredth nor units digit can be $0$. – André Nicolas Oct 5 '14 at 5:55
• Elaborate please. – rickenjus Oct 5 '14 at 5:59
• The number must be odd, so it cannot end in $0$. Let's fix your analysis along the lines of the answer by Henry Swanson. You are right, there are $3$ ways to fill the hundreds digit. Now let's do the middle. If you use a $0$, you have $2$ choices for units digit. If you use an odd number in the middle ($2$ choices) you have only one choice for units digit. So total is $(3)[(1)(2)+(2)(1)]$. The "book" way is easier. – André Nicolas Oct 5 '14 at 6:04
• Thanks Andre, that was helpful. – rickenjus Oct 5 '14 at 6:13
• You are welcome. An analysis along your lines can be done, it is just that we have to break up into cases. Sometimes cases are unavoidable, but in this example leaving the choice of middle digit to the end makes cases unnecessary. – André Nicolas Oct 5 '14 at 6:18

There are $3$ ways to fill the hundreds place. $3$ ways to fill the tens place. But there can be $2$ or $1$ ways to fill in the ones place. For example, $30\_$ has two options, but $35\_$ has only one. It depends on how you fill the tens place. The solution given avoids that problem because it picks the units before the tens.