1. probability problem

I cant remember how to solve these.

A computer password consists of eight letters. How many passwords are possible? Assume there is no difference between lower-case and upper-case letters.

2. Originally Posted by sevenlovesyou
I cant remember how to solve these.

A computer password consists of eight letters. How many passwords are possible? Assume there is no difference between lower-case and upper-case letters.

What we are dealing with here is a permutation.

Recall that $_nP_r=\frac{n!}{(n-r)!}$ where $r\leq n$.

Since the password can contain only letters, and we are to assume that there is no difference between lower and upper case we must let $n=26$ [if there was a difference between upper and lower case, $n=52$]. Since the password can only be 8 letters long, let $r=8$.

So we see that we now have $_{26}P_8=\frac{26!}{18!}$

Can you take it from here?

--Chris

3. It has been my experience that passwords allow for repetitions, such as “youuttta”.
In that case the answer would be ${26}^8$.