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Decreasing integers on the blackboard

There are $n\geq 2$ copies of an integer $k>0$ written on the blackboard. A move consists of choosing an integer $m>0$ on the blackboard, and replacing it as well as one other integer on the ...
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How many different shapes can I make with this toy?

I have the following toy, perhaps some of you have seen it before. It consists of a bunch of cubes with an elastic string in the middle. You can bend it into different shapes like this: Or this: ...
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How to prove that $\frac{(12!)!}{12!^{11!}}$ is integer?

So far I have used that a combination is an integer so $\frac{n!}{m!(n-m)!}$ is integer. Now let $n=mb$ so $\frac{mb!}{m!(mb-m)!}$. What is left is to prove that $\frac{(mb)!}{m!^b}$ is integer so ...
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True or false: {{∅}} ⊂ {∅,{∅}}

Note: Actually there's no error in the book and the manual. I actually misread it. The answer is of a different question : True or False: {0} ⊂ {0} This question is from Discrete Math Book by Rosen. ...
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Solve recursion $a_{n}=ba_{n-1}+cd^{n-1}$

Let $b,c,d\in\mathbb{R}$ be constants with $b\neq d$. Let $$\begin{eqnarray} a_{n} &=& ba_{n-1}+cd^{n-1} \end{eqnarray}$$ be a sequence for $n \geq 1$ with $a_{0}=0$. I want to find a closed ...
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Are there any good Discrete Mathematics video online?

I want to learn discrete mathematics by reading book by myself but I find sometime it's very hard to understand what author trying to say. I want to know, are there any good online video that teach ...
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There are 10 men, 10 women, and 10 rooms. Each person randomly goes into a room.

What is the expected number of rooms with at least one man and woman? Our prof. gave us the following solution however, I'm confused about the probability portion of the answer (especially the ...
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Combinatorial interpretation of Binomial Inversion

It is known that if $f_n = \sum\limits_{i=0}^{n} g_i \binom{n}{i}$ for all $0 \le n \le m$, then $g_n = \sum_{i=0}^{n} (-1)^{i+n} f_i \binom{n}{i}$ for $0 \le n \le m$. This sort of inversion is ...
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What are the applications of finite calculus

I'm reading through Concrete Mathematics [Graham, Knuth, Patashnik; 2nd edition], and in the section regarding Summation, they have a sub-section entitled "Finite and Infinite Calculus". In this ...
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Count permutations of $\{1,2,…,7\}$ without 4 consecutive numbers - is there a smart, elegant way to do this?

Here's a problem I've solved: Count permutations of $\{1,2,...,7\}$ without 4 consecutive numbers (e.g. 1,2,3,4). So I did it kinda brute-force way - let $A_i$ be the set of permutations of $[7]$, ...
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Do any of these sequences have infinitely-many distinct iterates under run-length substitution?

Let $$S = \{x \in \{1,2\}^\mathbb{N}: \ \text{every run in }x\text{ has finite length}\}$$ and define $$T: S\to \mathbb{N}^\mathbb{N} $$ such that for any $x\in S$, ${T}x$ is the sequence of ...
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$1^2+2^2+\cdots+24^2=70^2$ and squarily squaring the torus

The unique nontrivial solution to $1^2+2^2+\cdots+n^2=m^2$ is $(n,m)=(24,70)$. (This fact has connections to modular forms, special functions, lattices and string theory.) Martin Gardner, in the ...
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Show that from a group of seven people whose (integer) ages add up to 332 one can select three people with the total age at least 142. [closed]

I need help with this problem, and I was thinking in this way: $$ x_{1} + x_{2} + x_{3} + x_{4} + x_{5} + x_{6} + x_{7} = 332 $$ and I need to find three of these which sum is at least 142. But I ...
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Is an arbitrary number of the form xyzxyz divisible by 7, 11, 13?

So I was given this question Choose any 3-digit number xyz and write it after itself as follows: xyzxyz. Check whether it is divisible by 7,11, 13. Is an arbitrary number of the form xyzxyz ...
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Prove that $1 + 4 + 7 + · · · + 3n − 2 = \frac {n(3n − 1)}{2}$

Prove that $$1 + 4 + 7 + · · · + 3n − 2 = \frac{n(3n − 1)} 2$$ for all positive integers $n$. Proof: $$1+4+7+\ldots +3(k+1)-2= \frac{(k + 1)[3(k+1)+1]}2$$ $$\frac{(k + 1)[3(k+1)+1]}2 + ...
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What does it mean for a number to be in a set?

Frustratingly my book gives me several examples of a number in a set but offers no explanation at all. Anyways what is going on here? According to the book $2$ is not an element of these sets: ...
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Resources/Books for Discrete Mathematics

I am going to a Computer Science Course in University next year. I heard that Discrete Mathematics is whats required for Comp Sci so, I am looking for resources/books that I can read to get started ...
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Prove that if 33 rooks are placed on a chessboard, at least five don't attack one another

The question asks to prove that when 33 rooks are placed on an $8 \times 8$ chessboard that there are a total of 5 rooks that aren't attacking each other. What I know: 64 squares Rooks attack in ...
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A Weaker Version of the ABC Conjecture

The ABC conjecture states that there are a finite number of integer triples (a,b,c) such that $\frac {\log \left( c \right)}{\log \left( \text{rad} \left( abc \right) \right)}>1+\varepsilon $, ...
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A set contains $0$, $1$, and all averages of any subset of its element, prove it contains all rational number between 0 and 1

Assume we have a set $S$ $\subseteq \mathbb{R}$, we know $0,1 \in S$. Also, $S$ has the property that if $A \subseteq S$ is finite, the average of elements in $A$ is in $S$. We want to prove that any ...
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9 pirates have to divide 1000 coins…

A band of 9 pirates have just finished their latest conquest - looting, killing and sinking a ship. The loot amounts to 1000 gold coins. Arriving on a deserted island, they now have to split up the ...
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Does every “balloon” (dragon, tadpole, canoe paddle) admit a graceful labeling?

8/18/14 Edit: If anyone has a copy of a related reference, then I would be happy to see it. For now, I am accepting the answer below and considering the question answered in the affirmative: Yes. ...
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Showing $(x,y)$ pairs exist for $\sqrt{\quad\mathstrut}$

If we were to show that there exists infinitely many $(x,y)$ pairs in $\mathbb{Q}^2$ for which both $\sqrt{x^2+y^4}$ and $\sqrt{x^4+y^2}$ are rational. If the power root for $x$ and $y$ vary but never ...
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Minimum number of operations (divide by 2/3 or subtract 1) to reduce $n$ to $1$

This question is inspired by a Stack Overflow question which involves the task to find an algorithm to solve the following problem: Given a natural number $n$, what is the least number of moves ...
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Proof: For all integers $x$ and $y$, if $x^3+x = y^3+y$ then $x = y$

I need help proving the following statement: For all integers $x$ and $y$, if $x^3+x = y^3+y$ then $x = y$ The statement is true, I just need to know the thought process, or a lead in the right ...
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Prove that the additive inverse of an odd integer is an odd integer

This is a homework problem, but I don't want the answer, just a little guidance: Prove that the additive inverse of an odd integer is an odd integer. When approaching a problem like this, how ...
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Prove $1+2\sqrt3$ is not a rational number

How would I go about proving $1+2\sqrt 3$ is not a rational number assuming $\sqrt 3$ is not a rational? Would direct proof be the easiest? Total beginner here, any insight would be appreciated.
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Why a complete graph has $\frac{n(n-1)}{2}$ edges?

I'm studying graphs in algorithm and complexity, (but I'm not very good at math) as in title: Why a complete graph has $\frac{n(n-1)}{2}$ edges? And how this is related with combinatorics?
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Combinatorial proof of $\sum^{n}_{i=1}\binom{n}{i}i=n2^{n-1}$.

Prove that $$\sum^{n}_{i=1}\binom{n}{i}i=n2^{n-1}$$ I can't find counting interpretations for either of the sides. A hint of "if $S$ is a subset of $\{1, . . . , n\}$ and $S^\prime$ is its ...
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Is Cantor's diagonal argument dependent on the base used?

Applying Cantor's diagonal argument to irrational numbers represented in binary, one and only one irrational number can be generated that is not on the list. Wikipedia image: But if you change ...
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Prove $\sqrt{2\sqrt{3\sqrt{\cdots\sqrt{n}}}}<3$ by induction.

Problem: prove $\sqrt{2\sqrt{3\sqrt{\cdots\sqrt{n}}}}<3$ by induction. I tried some, but stopped in $\sqrt[2^n]{n+1}$. Also tried with $2\sqrt{3\cdots}<3^2$ and so on.
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Maximization with xor operator

Few days ago i found task : with given N numbers only one of those numbers doesn't have pair, which one is it? After hours of surfing the net i found that XOR operator is good for that, because ...
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Proof of Irrationality of e using Diophantine Equations

I was trying to prove that e is irrational without using the typical series expansion, so starting off $e = a/b $ Take the natural log so $1 = \ln(a/b)$ Then $1 = \ln(a)-\ln(b)$ So unless I did ...
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Monochromatic squares in a colored plane

Color every point in the real plane using the colors blue,yellow only. It can be shown that there exists a rectangle that has all vertices with the same color. Is it possible to show that there exists ...
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Set builder notation: Colon or Vertical Line

I remember once hearing offhandedly that in set builder notation, there was a difference between using a colon versus a vertical line, e.g. $\{x: x \in A\}$ as opposed to $\{x\mid x \in A\}$. I've ...
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Showing that an equation holds true with a Fibonacci sequence: $F_{n+m} = F_{n-1}F_m + F_n F_{m+1}$

Question: Let $F_n$ the sequence of Fibonacci numbers, given by $F_0 = 0, F_1 = 1$ and $F_n = F_{n-1} + F_{n-2}$ for $n \geq 2$. Show for $n, m \in \mathbb{N}$: $$F_{n+m} = F_{n-1}F_m + F_n F_{m+1}$$ ...
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Do Cantor's Theorem and the Schroder-Bernstein Theorem Contradict?

I am confused as to how Cantor's Theorem and the Schroder-Bernstein Theorem interact. I think I understand the proofs for both theorems, and I agree with both of them. My problem is that I think you ...
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Odd/Even Permutations

How do you classify a permutation as odd or even (composition of an odd or even number of transpositions)? I somewhat understand the textbook definition of it but im having hard time conceptualizing ...
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How many prime numbers are there in between $1000!+1$ and $1000!+1000$, inclusive?

I know $1000!$ is not a prime number as any number $1000$ or less is a divisor, but how would I know if $1000!+1$ is prime? Any hints? Also, use the above question to prove that you can find $n$ ...
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What is a sharp constant?

I've been reading some papers and found this term "Sharp constant" being used in inequalities frequently. Can anyone provide me a detailed meaning of this term ? I couldn't find proper resources to ...
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$\frac{1}{7} + \frac{1\cdot 3}{7\cdot 9} + \frac{1\cdot 3\cdot 5}{7\cdot 9\cdot 11} + …$

If the sum $\frac{1}{7} + \frac{1\cdot 3}{7\cdot 9} + \frac{1\cdot 3\cdot 5}{7\cdot 9\cdot 11} + ...$ to 20 terms is $\frac{m}{n}$, reduced fraction, then what is $n-4m$? This is a question I dug ...
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Twenty questions against a liar

Here's one that popped into my mind when I was thinking about binary search. I'm thinking of an integer between 1 and n. You have to guess my number. You win as soon as you guess the correct number. ...
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What problems are easier to solve in a higher dimension, i.e. 3D vs 2D?

I'd be interested in knowing if there are any problems that are easier to solve in a higher dimension, i.e. using solutions in a higher dimension that don't have an equally optimal counterpart in a ...
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Summation by parts of $\sum_{k=0}^{n}k^{2}2^{k}$

I want to evaluate this sum $$\sum_{k=0}^{n}k^{2}2^{k}$$ by summation by parts (two times) and I need to know, if my approach was right. I know the formula for summation by parts is $$\sum u\Delta ...
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Lights out game on hexagonal grid

I greatly enjoyed the Lights Out game described here (I am sorry I had to link to an older page because some wikidiot keeps deleting most of the page). Its mathematical analysis is here (it's just ...
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How do I prove this combinatorial identity using inclusion and exclusion principle?

$$\binom{n}{m}-\binom{n}{m+1}+\binom{n}{m+2}-\cdots+(-1)^{n-m}\binom{n}{n}=\binom{n-1}{m-1}$$ Note that we can show this with out using inclusion and exclusion principle by using Pascal's Identity ...
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when is $n!+10$ a perfect square?

When is $n!+10$ is a perfect square ? I have tried and found that only for $n=3$ is $n!+10$ a perfect square. Is there any other solution to this?
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Proof by contradiction: $r - \frac{1}{r} =5\Longrightarrow r$ is irrational?

Prove that any positive real number $r$ satisfying: $r - \frac{1}{r} = 5$ must be irrational. Using the contradiction that the equation must be rational, we set $r= a/b$, where a,b are positive ...
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Discrete math. Finding a perfect square.

The problem is: Find all natural numbers $n$ for which $2^n + 1$ is a perfect square? I am having a bit of trouble finding a generic way of finding these numbers. Of course the first obvious solution ...
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How many three digit numbers are not divisible by 3, 5 or 11?

How many three digit numbers are not divisible by 3, 5, or 11? How can I solve this? Should I look to the divisibility rule or should I use, for instance, $$ \frac{999-102}{3}+1 $$