You are selecting an 8-character password using 26 letters and numbers 0 through 9. In how many ways could your password contain

a) at least two letters

b) at least two numbers

c) at least two letters and two numbers

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This is a question involve exponents and summations. The total number of possibilities for all 8 digits with no restrictions is as follows:

Assuming that repetition is allowed, we have (26+10)^8 = 2.8 * 10^12 possibilities. Now for the limitations, consider the possibilities as follows:

10^0∗26^8=208,827,064,576

10^1∗26^7=642,544,814,080

10^2∗26^6=864,964,172,800

10^3∗26^5=665,357,056,000

10^4∗26^4=319,883,200,000

10^5∗26^3=98,425,600,000

10^6∗26^2=18,928,000,00

10^7∗26^1=2,080,000,000

10^8∗26^0=100,000,000

Now for the limitations: If the password must include two letters, then we subtract the possibilities that involve fewer than two letters (100,000,000+2,080,000,000) so the answer is 2.8 x 10^12.

For part b.) we subtract the options that don't include two numbers (208,827,064,576+642,544,814,080) so the final answer is 1,969,738,028,800.

For part c.) we subtract both subsets involving possibilities without at least two of both numbers and letters (100,000,000+2,080,000,00) and (208,827,064,576+642,544,814,080) so the answer is 1.9 X 10^2.

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