Understand the problem

How many integers between $100$ and $999$, inclusive, have the property that some permutation of its digits is a multiple of $11$ between $100$ and $999?$ ( For example, both $121$ and $211$ have this property. )

Source of the problem
American Mathematics Competition 
Topic
Enumerative Combinatorics 

Difficulty Level
7/10

Suggested Book
Introductory Combinatorics by Richard Brualdi

Start with hints

So, well have a long look at the problem. With a little bit of thought, you might even crack this without proceeding any further !

Stuck ?…No worries. Try asking yourself – How many numbers between 100-999 are exactly divisible by 11 ? This is quite easy to figure out. 
What is the largest number in the range divisible by 11 ? Easy, 990.
How about the smallest such number ? Yeah, 110.
So, the number of integers in the range visible by 11 = ( ( 990110 ) / 11 ) + 1 = 81.
Now, how about you try taking things ahead from here onwards ?

Now see, 81 numbers are divisible by 11 in the range, as we just saw. All that’s left is to find out the permutations of these. Wait ! That’s simple, isn’t it ? Yes, 81 x 3 = 243. At this very juncture, ask yourself why. If you find out the answer to this “why”, you can might as well say you’ve gone far enough to solve the problem…  

    Let’s answer the “why” here. Say, we have a 3-digit number, abc. Now, ideally we would have had 6 permutations ( 3 ! simply ) for each such abc. But here’s a catch ! If abc is divisible by 11, so is cba.…!!! Yeah, that’s it. So, basically if we multiply by 6, we are accounting for same kind of permutations twice. So basically, each multiple of 11 in the range has it’s ( 6/2 ) = 3 permutations, that we are bothered about. This clearly justifies the fact that we can at maximum have 81 x 3 = 243 numbers in our desired solution set. But wait ? Why do I say, at maximum ? So…have we overcounted ? Yeah,we have. Why don’t you think about it…?          

Well, as you might have felt, we did overcount. We did not account for the numbers where 0 could be one of the digits. We overcounted cases where the middle digit of the number is 0 and the last digit is 0. So, what are these ? Let’s find them out. In how many of the numbers is the last digit 0 ? That’s easy…they have a pattern. It goes like 110, 220,….990. That makes it 9. Now, in how many of those 243 numbers that we are bothered about, does ‘0’ occur as a middle digit ? With a little bit of insight, you’d find out they are 803, 902, 704, 605. And well their permutations too. So that makes it 4 x 2 = 8.  So, in total, 9+8 = 17 elements have been overcounted. 

 Subtract that from 243, ( 24317 ) = 226, that’s your answer.

Connected Program at Cheenta

AMC Training Camp

One on One class for every student. Plus group sessions on advanced problem solving. 

A  special training program for American Mathematics Contest.

Similar Problems

Right-angled shaped field | AMC 10A, 2018 | Problem No 23

Try this beautiful Problem on triangle from AMC 10A, 2018. Problem-23. You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.

Area of region | AMC 10B, 2016| Problem No 21

Try this beautiful Problem on Geometry on Circle from AMC 10B, 2016. Problem-20. You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.

Coin Toss Problem | AMC 10A, 2017| Problem No 18

Try this beautiful Problem on Probability from AMC 10A, 2017. Problem-18, You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.

GCF & Rectangle | AMC 10A, 2016| Problem No 19

Try this beautiful Problem on Geometry on Rectangle from AMC 10A, 2010. Problem-19. You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.

Fly trapped inside cubical box | AMC 10A, 2010| Problem No 20

Try this beautiful Problem on Geometry on cube from AMC 10A, 2010. Problem-20. You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.

Measure of angle | AMC 10A, 2019| Problem No 13

Try this beautiful Problem on Geometry from AMC 10A, 2019.Problem-13. You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.

Recursion Problem | AMC 10A, 2019| Problem No 15

Try this beautiful Problem on Algebra from AMC 10A, 2019. Problem-15, You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.

Roots of Polynomial | AMC 10A, 2019| Problem No 24

Try this beautiful Problem on Algebra from AMC 10A, 2019. Problem-24, You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.

Set of Fractions | AMC 10A, 2015| Problem No 15

Try this beautiful Problem on Algebra from AMC 10A, 2015. Problem-15. You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.

Positive Integers and Quadrilateral | AMC 10A 2015 | Sum 24

Try this beautiful Problem on Rectangle and triangle from AMC 10A, 2015. Problem-24. You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.