Challenge: The Coin Change Problem

Let's solve a coding challenge on the different ways to represent a given number of cents.

Problem statement

Given an infinite number of quarters (25 cents), dimes (10 cents), nickels (5 cents), and pennies (1 cent), write some code to calculate the number of ways to represent n cents.


The values of the coins available to represent the cents with (the denominations), the number of denominations, and the number of cents


The number of ways that the given number of cents can be represented

Sample input

amount = 10 # num of cents
denoms = [25, 10, 5, 1]
denomsLength = 4

Sample output

result = 4 # num of ways to make change for 10 cents

The change for 10 cents can be made in the following 4 ways:

  1. {1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1}

  2. {5,1,1,1,1,1}

  3. {5,5}

  4. {10}

Coding challenge

First, take a close look at this problem and design a step-by-step algorithm before jumping to the implementation. This problem is designed for your practice, so try to solve it on your own first. If you get stuck, you can always refer to the solution provided in the solution section. Good luck!

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