# How many 4-letter code can be formed using the first 10 letters of the English alphabet, if no letter can be repeated?

**Question:**

How many 4-letter code can be formed using the first 10 letters of the English alphabet, if no letter can be repeated?

**Solution:**

There are as many codes as there are ways of filling 4 vacant places in succession by the first 10 letters of the English alphabet, keeping in mind that the repetition of letters is not allowed.

The first place can be filled in 10 different ways by any of the first 10 letters of the English alphabet following which, the second place can be filled in by any of the remaining letters in 9 different ways. The third place can be filled in by any of the remaining 8 letters in 8 different ways and the fourth place can be filled in by any of the remaining 7 letters in 7 different ways.

Therefore, by multiplication principle, the required numbers of ways in which 4 vacant places can be filled is 10 × 9 × 8 × 7 = 5040

Hence, 5040 four-letter codes can be formed using the first 10 letters of the English alphabet, if no letter is repeated.

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