Thread: This really is urgent (1 question)

1. This really is urgent (1 question)

okay , I have no idea how to work this out.

This is the question.....

There is a class who are having a competition, they have to guess the right combination of numbers.

The combination is ten numbers long, however the only numbers used are 1 2 and 3

The numbers are drawn from a giant basket, which contains 1 thousand no.1 balls ... 1 thousand no.2 balls and 1 thousand no.3 balls.. (stupid i know ahaha). NOTE : when a number is drawn it is put back in the basket with the other balls SO THERE IS ALWAYS THE SAME CHANCE OF DRAWING 1 2 OR 3 AND THE BALLS WILL NEVER RUN OUT

What is the total number of possible combinations?

examples of possible combinations

3131223132
1111111111
2121212121
3122212132

You get the idea......

the actual answer i need is

What is the total number of possible combinations

2. $3^{10}$

3. Originally Posted by Plato
$3^{10}$
Thank you so much for the fast reply, but I do not understand you.. I was looking for more of a number like 1846 or something

what does 3^{10} mean?

4. Go to bed.

5. Originally Posted by UsainBolt
bumppppppp it's 00:12 in the uk i have to go to bed soon! please help!
Unless lives are at stake, nothing justifies bumping in the space of 10 minutes. Let alone bumping twice.

$3^{10}$ means $3 \times 3 \times 3 \times 3 \times 3 \times 3 \times 3 \times 3 \times 3 \times 3$.

This is the answer because there are 10 'pigeon holes' for the number and there are three possibilities for each 'pigeon hole'.

Edit: Three bumps in 10 minutes. A new world record. I can hardly blame Plato for his second reply in this thread.