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How many ways are there to place 10 distinct people within 3 distinct rooms with exactly 5 people in the first room and 2 people in the second room?

So I was given this question. How many ways are there to place $10$ distinct people within $3$ distinct rooms with exactly $5$ people in the first room and $2$ people in the second room? I have ...
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Discrete Mathematics - Perfect square proof with non-constructive approach.

The questions reads the following: Prove that either $2 * 10^{500} + 15$ or $2 * 10^{500} + 16$ is not a perfect square using the non-constructive approach.
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Determining Whether or not a graph is bipartition?

So I have been trying to do research on this online, and all I see are a bunch of graphs with multicolored dots, and telling me to use those to determine if the graph is bipartition. The ones in the ...
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Discrete Math Sequences (Graph or No Graph)

Determine if there exists a graph whose degree sequence is the one specified. Draw a graph, or explain why no graph exists. The sequence is 5,4,3,2,1,1
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Number of words of length $n$ on the alphabet $a,b,c$ recurrence. [on hold]

Let $a_{n}$ be the number of words of length $n$ on the alphabet $a,b,c$ such that $b,c$ are not adjacent. What is the recurrence relation for $a_{n}$.
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Discrete math induction proof

I am trying to solve a induction proof and i got stuck at the end, some help would be great. This is the question and what i did so far: Statement: For all integers $n \geq 5$ we have $2^n \geq n^2$. ...
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Small tree containing smaller trees

Given $n$, what is the smallest number $N=N(n)$ with the property that there exists a tree on $N$ (unlabelled) vertices that contains a copy of every tree on $n$ vertices? That such $N$ must exist is ...
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Inclusion exclusion principle questions i tried(doing it correct?)

$x_1+x_2+x_3\le10$ how many natural numbers solve this problem if $1\le x_1 \\ 2\le x_2 \\3\le x_3$ What i did: i created $y_1,y_2 , y_3$ so $\\ y_1=x_1-1 \\y_2=x_2-2\\ y_3=x_3 -3$ and then added ...
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How do I determine whether this relation is transitive?

I've been given this relation, and I'm supposed to determine whether it is transitive. I understand the definition of transitive (sort of, in theory) but I'm not sure how to put it in action here. ...
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How many different integer solutions are there to the equation $x_1 + x_2 + x_3 + x_4 = 21$ with restrictions

So i was Given this question. How many different integer solutions are there to the equation $x_1 + x_2 + x_3 + x_4 = 21$ $0 \leq x_i \leq 9$? I just assumed it would be ${21+4-4-1 \choose ...
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Why use C(n,r) instead of P(n,r) when considering how many strings can be formed in which a specific letter appears before another specific letter?

I am dealing with a problem in which I must determine how many strings can be formed by ordering the letters ABCDE subject to the conditions given. The condition that I am given is that A appears ...
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How do I go about determining whether a relation is reflexive?

I've been given these relations and I've been told to determine whether they're reflexive and I know the definition of reflexive but I don't really understand it. $R=\{(x,y)\ \in\ \mathbb Z^2\ |\ ...
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Let $B = {n \in \mathbb{Z} : n = 3j + 2; j \in \mathbb{Z}}, D = {n \in Z : n = 3j − 1; j \in \mathbb{Z}}$. Is $B = D$?

Let $B = {n \in \mathbb{Z} : n = 3j + 2; j \in \mathbb{Z}}, D = {n \in Z : n = 3j − 1; j \in \mathbb{Z}}$. Is $B = D$? How do I prove this? To me it looks to be true. But I don't know how to put it ...
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Definition of fixed point free relation

If we have such relation that for $\forall x$ $f(x)\ne x$ , how is it called in one word? I can come up with only "graph of this function is not a straight line:)" Thank you
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Given any 40 people, at least four of them were born in the same month of the year [on hold]

Given any 40 people, at least four of them were born in the same month of the year. Why is this true?
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Write expressions w/out quantifiers (convert to AND/OR expressions)

A universe contains the three individuals $a,b$, and $c$. For these individuals, a predicate $Q(x,y)$ is define, and its truth values are given by the following table \begin{array}{c|ccc} ...
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How to prove that $(A \cup B) - C = (A - C) \cap (B - C)$ [on hold]

If true, prove else provide a counter example. This is a homework question and I cant figure it out. Please help.
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Discrete math, proving sets [on hold]

I am studying discrete math and i stumbled upon a proof i couldnt proove, can someone help me with this one? "Assume that A,B,C are three sets with no elements in all three sets. Assume further that ...
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Mean distance of random points on a rectangular grid

I have a $N\times N$ grid of side $L$. Each gridpoint can be black or white and a ratio $r$ of the points is black. I want to predict the mean distance between two black points. The most appropriate ...
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Can someone explain and help me with propositional logic in discrete math?

Can someone explain to me in detail how to complete these two problems without using truth tables? I'm having a hard time understanding what to do. I know that I'm supposed to use the laws, etc. But ...
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Finding limit via Sandwich Theorem: $\lim_{n\to\infty} n\sum_{n+1}^{2n} \frac{1}{i^2}$

Question: Use the Sandwich Theorem to find $$\lim_{n\to ∞} n\sum_{n+1}^{2n} \frac{1}{i^2}$$ Appreciate any guidance.
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Summation for $\sum\limits^5_{i=2}\:\left(3i\:-\:5\right)$

I know that the closed form of $\sum\limits^n_{k=1}\:k=\frac{n(n+1)}{2}$ But I'm not sure what the closed form for $\sum\limits^5_{i=2}\:\left(3i\:-\:5\right)$ would be. Any push in the right ...
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Simple expression for $\sum_{k=1}^{n-1}\:\frac{1}{k\left(k+1\right)}$

I know that $\:\:\frac{1}{k\left(k+1\right)}\:\:\:\:=\:\frac{1}{k}\:-\:\frac{1}{k+1}\:$ And that $\sum_{k=1}^{n-1}\:k$ $= \frac{n(n-1)}{2}$ But I'm not completely sure how to turn ...
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How can I further simplify $(B^c ∩ (B ∩ A)^c)^c$

I'm pretty sure this is equal to B, but I'm not sure how to go about reducing this step by step. Could I use the double negative law to eliminate the complements? I'm not positive if that would work ...
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Finding the complement of a set

I have the sets A, B, and C: $A = \{x\in\mathbb{Z} | 2 < x < 5\}$ $B = \{x\in\mathbb{Z} | 4 ≤ x ≤ 7\}$ $C = \{x\in\mathbb{Z} | 2 ≤x< 6\}$ What is $B ∩ C^c$? If the complement of C is all ...
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Finding the smallest exponent $k$ for a non-cyclic permutation $\sigma$, so that $\sigma^k = id$.

What I am aware of (1) A cyclic permutation is a permutation that consists of a single nontrivial cycle (cycle of length $> 1$). Let $k$ be the length of the cyclic permutation $\tau$. Therefore ...
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Why is this predicate false?

I am stumped at my professor's answer to this predicate logic. all x and y are natural numbers. ∃y∃x(x >= y) I think it is true, since there is a pair ...
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Prove by contradiction Irrational number

I Need to prove this by contradiction : If $a$ is Irrational then $\frac{2a-3}{2a+3}$ is Irrational. I did: Iff $p$ is Irrational, then $\frac{2a-3}{2a+3}$ is Rational and a Rational number can ...
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Difficuly in proving inequality [on hold]

I have trouble solving this inequality can some one please give solution to this? $$\left( n+\frac{1}{n} \right) ^{n+1} > e$$
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What do we actually prove using induction theorem?

Here is the picture of the page of the book, I am reading: $$P_k: \qquad 1+3+5+\dots+(2k-1)=k^2$$ Now we want to show that this assumption implies that $P_{k+1}$ is also a true statement: ...
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How do I calculate $\sum_{k=1}^{33}\binom{33}{k} k$

I started studying about binom's and sums, How do I calculate $$\sum_{k=0}^{33}\binom{33}{k} k$$ Note: I do know that it is $\binom{33}0\cdot0 + \binom{33}1 \cdot 1 + ... + \binom{33}{33} \cdot 33$, ...
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Chance of drawing 4 red marbles out of a big bag.

In a bag with an infinite number of marbles, where a third are red, a third are green and a third are blue. Given that you pick $10$ marbles, of which $3$ are blue, what are the chances of picking $4$ ...
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Is it accurate to say that multiplication of two integers yields an integer?

I am reading a book in discrete mathematics and it assumes that a multiplication of two integers yields an integer. Although that this book's saying is justifiable since the book is making an ...
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If $A⊆B∪C$ and $B⊆A∩C$, then disprove that $A≠B$ [on hold]

If $A⊆B∪C$ and $B⊆A∩C$, then disprove that $A≠B$ Need really quick help on this. I am really stuck on this, and I have a quiz on it tomorrow morning. Please help!
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How many different ways can $6$ chocolate bars be selected in such a way that each type is chosen at least once? [on hold]

In a shop five different type of chocolates are sold. How many different ways can $6$ chocolate bars be selected in such a way that each type is chosen at least once? I know the answer is $5$. ...
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Proving or disproving set statements. [on hold]

I'm not sure how to approach proving or disproving these statements. I don't know where to begin, or more specifically, what it's asking me to prove or disprove. If $ A \cap B \subseteq C$ and $A ...
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Proving $\frac{n}{n+1} < \frac{n+1}{n+2}$ by induction?

I have the inequality $\frac{n}{n+1} < \frac{n+1}{n+2}$ I'm not sure how to go about proving it. I've started by testing with n = 1, which results in $\frac{1}{2} < \frac{2}{3}$ which is true ...
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How can i find equation that does not have a solution?

An operation $*$ is defined on the set $\Bbb{Z} \times \Bbb{Z}$, ie. the set containing all pairs of integers by: $$ (u,v) * (x,y)=(u+x,v \cdot y) $$ if $(\Bbb{Z} \times \Bbb{Z}, *)$ is not a group ...
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Discrete math: What is the difference between false and inverse in conditional statemensts?

Let's say there is this conditional statement: If I am in Paris, then I am in France. So, p = 'I am in Paris', and q = 'I am in France' I do not understand when p and q are false, how would that ...
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$∀ Z^+$ can be written as $c_r * 3^r + c_{r-1} * 3^{r-1} + …. + c_2 * 3^2 + c_1 * 3 + c_0$

I am trying to prove the following statement: $∀ Z^+$ can be written as $c_r * 3^r + c_{r-1} * 3^{r-1} + …. + c_2 * 3^2 + c_1 * 3 + c_0$ where $c_r =$ 1 or 2, and $c_i$ = 0, 1, or 2 for all integers ...
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Any collection of n coins can be obtained using a combination of 3¢ and 5¢ coins where n ≥ 14

I am trying to prove this statement with strong induction, but I'm a little lost on the inductive step. Proposition: Let P(n) be the sentence ‘any collection of n coins can be obtained using a ...
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Recall that $ p \rightarrow \sim q$ is equivalent to $p \land \sim q$, how can this be used as an explanation for how to use proof by contradiction.

Recall that $p \rightarrow \sim q$ is equivalent to $p \land \sim q$, how can this equivalence be used as an explanation for how to use proof by contradiction. I'm having a hard time answering this ...
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How to solve a parameteric linear equation in Zn?

Given monoid ($\Bbb{Z}$124, ⋅ ) and a parametric equation with parameter $a$ where $ax+2=5(x+a)-1$ Give the number of parameters $a$ belong $\Bbb{Z}$124 for which the above equation has precisely ...
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How to prove that $A⊆B$ means that $A∪B=B$ [duplicate]

How does one prove that $A⊆B$ means that $A∪B=B$ ? I can understand it in my head but I don't know how you'd put down in logic notation.
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convert Hex value to two's Complement

for example, let's say: 0xE5 assume the system is 8 -bit in decimal it's = 229 and in Binary it's = 1110 0101 the Two's Complement rules said: sign-bit, which's the most left, indicates a negative ...
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Rewrite the following in symbolic forms using $\sim, \land, \lor $.

Let $h = $"Peter is handsome", $c = $"Peter is clever", $o = $"Peter is optimistic". Rewrite the following in symbolic forms using $ \sim , \land, \lor $. -Peter is neither handsome, clever nor ...
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How can I show that an argument or proposition is valid through logic proof sequence?

I know the logic of proof sequence as I solved many proof problems, I now have one that has been taken my attention for a couple of days and as easy as it may look, I don't seem able to simplify the ...
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Prove that $\sum_{i=0}^{k} \lg \frac{n}{2^i} = \Theta(\lg^2 n)$

Show that if $n$ is a power of $2$, say $n = 2^k$, then we have the equality $\sum_{i=0}^{k} \lg \frac{n}{2^i} = \Theta(\lg^2 n)$. The first step is to prove $O(\lg^2n)$: $$ \lg \frac{2^k}{2^0} + \lg ...
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How can i find all invertible elements?

An operation $*$ is defined on the set $\Bbb{Z} \times \Bbb{Z}$, ie. the set containing all pairs of integers by: $$ (u,v) * (x,y)=(u+x,v \cdot y) $$ What are all the invertible elements of the ...
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Can you show a proof of Unique Factorization of Integers Theorem (Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic)?

I understand the proof of "Any integer greater than 1 is divisible by a prime number" by strong mathematical induction. But I don't understand why Unique Factorization of Integers Theorem follows ...