679. 24 Game LeetCode Solution | Easy Approach

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24 Game You are given an integer array cards of length 4. You have four cards, each containing a number in the range [1, 9]. You should arrange the numbers on these cards in a mathematical expression using the operators ['+', '-', '*', '/'] and the parentheses '(' and ')' to get the value 24.

You are restricted with the following rules:

  • The division operator '/' represents real division, not integer division.
    • For example, 4 / (1 - 2 / 3) = 4 / (1 / 3) = 12.
  • Every operation done is between two numbers. In particular, we cannot use '-' as a unary operator.
    • For example, if cards = [1, 1, 1, 1], the expression "-1 - 1 - 1 - 1" is not allowed.
  • You cannot concatenate numbers together
    • For example, if cards = [1, 2, 1, 2], the expression "12 + 12" is not valid.

Return true if you can get such expression that evaluates to 24, and false otherwise.

Example 1:

Input: cards = [4,1,8,7]
Output: true
Explanation: (8-4) * (7-1) = 24

Example 2:

Input: cards = [1,2,1,2]
Output: false

Constraints:

  • cards.length == 4
  • 1 <= cards[i] <= 9

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