Questions involving the pigeonhole principle in Combinatorial Analysis.

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pidgeonhole problem need assistance

Suppose you have a sequence 2014, 20142014, 201420142014, . . . Show that there is an element in this sequence such that it is divisible by 2013. This is a problem I had on an exam and I know that ...
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Math and chess question!

Given a $6\times6$ chess board with $13$ marked squares, can you always place three mutually non-attacking rooks on the marked squares? If so, how can this be proven?
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Minimum number of coins to ensure 10 coins of one type are selected

One coin is labelled with the number $1$, two different coins are labelled with the number $2$, three different coins are labelled with the number $3$, $\ldots$ , forty-nine different coins are ...
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Pigeonhole: Practical Applications in Computer Science

Most of the problems I've seen involving the pigeonhole principle have so far seemed fairly artificial. As I'm studying CompSci I'm interested what kind of practical, real world problems in CompSci ...
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Pigeonhole principle on two coloured circle

Suppose a circle is divided into 200 congruent sectors, with 100 of them coloured red and the other 100 blue. A smaller concentric circle is placed on the larger circle and also so divided and ...
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Combinatorics Pigeonhole problem

Hello to all! So i have to do this problem: In the course of an year of 365 days Peter solves combinatorics problems. Each day he solves at least 1 problem, but no more than 500 for the year. Prove ...
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Guaranteeing an integer lattice point centroid

My question is this: Writing $n(4)$ to be the minimum number of integer lattice points in the plane so that some four of them must determine an integer lattice point centroid, show that $n(4)=13$. I ...
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proof using pigeonhole principle

I am struggling to come up with a proof to the following question(from cut-the-knot.org): Prove that if n is odd,then for any permutation $p$ of the set $\{1,2,3...,n\}$ the product $$P(p) = ...
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$16$ natural numbers from $0$ to $9$, and square numbers: how to use the pigeonhole principle?

There are $16$ natural numbers placed next to each other. Each is a number from $0$ to $9$. These are in any order, and you can have as many repeats as you want (e.g. all $16$ numbers can be zero, or ...
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10 points inside a square - minimum distance between any of them

A square of side 1 is given, and 10 points are inside the square. If we divide the square into 9 smaller squares, and apply Dirichlet principle, we can prove that there are 2 of these 10 points whose ...
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If any x points are elected out of a unit square, then some two of them are no farther than how many units apart?

If 5 points are randomly positioned in a unit square, no two points can be greater than square root of 2 divided by 2 apart; divide up the unit square into four squares, and, based on the pigeonhole ...
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Elegant proof of icosohedron property

This problem was question A1 on the 2013 Putnam contest. Is there a better way to solve this problem than just using pigeonhole principle? Specifically, is there a group theoretic way to interpret ...
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Prove that at a party with at least two people, there are two people who know the same number of people…

Okay, now, I really want to solve this on my own, and I believe I have the basic idea, I'm just not sure how to put it as an answer on the homework. The problem in full: "Prove that at a party ...
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Combinatorics - pigeonhole principle question

This is for self-study. This question is from Rosen's "Discrete Mathematics And Its Applications", 6th edition. An arm wrestler is the champion for a period of 75 hours. (Here, by an hour, we mean a ...
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If one eats $100$ chocolates in $58$ days,then he must be eating exactly 15 chocolates in some consecutive days

BdMO 2014 Nationals $X$ eats 100 chocolates in 58 days,eating at least 1 chocolate per day.Prove that,in some consecutive days,she ate exactly 15 chocolates. I tried using the pigeonhole ...
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Select 100 integers from 1,2,…,200

Prove that if 100 integers are chosen from 1,2,...,200, and one of the integers chosen is less than 16, then there are two chosen numbers such that one of them is divisible by the other. Thanks in ...
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Issue concerning enumerating vertices in a prism (number of two adjacent vertices can only differ by a certain amount)

There are 100 vertices in a prism with a 50-gon as its base. Those vertices are assigned integers 1 to 100 (inclusive) in a random order. Each number can only be assigned once. The objective is to ...
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let $A$ be a set of $n+1$ natural numbers between $1$ and $3n$. Show that there are $a,b \in A$ such that $n \leq a-b \leq 2n$

I'm having difficulties solving this question and would appreciate a nudge in the right direction. I think this is best solved with pigeonhole, but what are the pigeons and what are the holes?
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A problem in discrete math (Pigeonhole principle related)

This question is from the multiple choice test: A circular region is divided by 5 radii into sectors, as shown above. Twenty-one points are chosen in the circular region, none of which is on any of ...
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geometric problem solved with Pigeon Hole Principle

The problem is: Show that among any 5 points in a equilateral triangle of unit side length, there are 2 whose distance is at most 1/2 units apart.
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Subsets with equal sums

I have a problem to solve but I am in need of your help. Subjects with equal sums: Prove that for every set $A$ which consists of $10$ double digit natural numbers( numbers among $10, \ldots, 99$), ...
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The Pigeon Hole Principle and the Finite Subgroup Test

I am currently reading this document and am stuck on Theorem 3.3 on page 11: Let $H$ be a nonempty finite subset of a group $G$. Then $H$ is a subgroup of $G$ if $H$ is closed under the ...
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Pigeonhole Principle - numbers between $1$ and $100$

Of the set $A=${$1,2,...,100$}, we will choose $51$ numbers. Prove that, among the $51$ chosen numbers, there are two such that one is multiple of the other My notes: 1) There are $25$ prime numbers ...
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Prove by using Pigeon Hole Principle

Let $k \in \mathbb Z^+ $. Prove that there exists a positive integer $n $ such that $k|n$ and the only digits in $n$ are 0's and 3's
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Pigeonhole Principle and Geometry

Consider any five points in the plane that have integer coordinates: -Prove that there are two points such that the midpoint of the line segment joining those two points also has integer coordinates
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Pigeonhole Principle: birthdays on same day of week

How many people must be in a room so that at least 10 have a birthday on a Friday? edit: Assume that no two people share the same birthday I'm somewhat confused and see two different ways to ...
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Pigeonhole principle and a decagon

This is a homework Question and has to do with Pigeonhole principle. Could use a hint. Q. The numbers ${0,1,2,.....9}$ are randomly assigned to the vertices ${x_0,x_1,...x_9}$ of a decagon. Show that ...
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Lower bound for the number of coin weightings

The book that I am currently studying has the following exercise. Given is a set of $n$ coins of weights $0$ or $1$ and a scale to weight them. We would like to determine the weight of each coin by ...
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How are the pigeonholes calculated in this pigeon-hole problem?

The question is as follows: To prepare for a marathon, an elite runner runs at least once a day over the next 44 days, for a total of 70 runs in all. Show that there's a period of consecutive ...
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Pigeon hole principle with sum of 5 integers

Prove that from 17 different integers you can always choose 5 so the sum will be divisible by 5. I tried with positive,negative numbers. Even, odd numbers etc but can't find the solution. Any ...
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Prove, that in the subset of $\{1,\ldots,150\}$ there are two disjoint pairs with the same sums.

Prove, that in the subset with cardinality $25$ of $\{1,\ldots,150\}$ there are two disjoint pairs with the same sums. Well, there are at most $150+149=299$ possibilities of sums. But if we have a ...
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Polygon and Pigeon Hole Principle Question

Seven vertices are chosen in each of two congruent regular 16-gons. Prove that these polygons can be placed one atop another in such a way that at least four chosen vertices of one polygon coincide ...
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Generalizations of the pigeonhole principle

Let us place the numbers $1,2,3....,10$ in a random order on a circular table with 10 places. The question is: prove that there are three consecutive numbers with a sum of 17 or more. I know that we ...
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Proof using pigeonhole and greatest integer (floor) function.

The question is to prove that if m is a positive integer then, $$[mx] = [x] + \left[x+\frac{1}{m}\right] +\left[x+\frac{2}{m}\right] + \cdots + \left[x+\frac{(m-1)}{m}\right] $$ for $x \in ...
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Pigeonhole Proof

Let $n_1,n_2,\ldots,n_t$ be positive integers. Show that if $n_1+n_2+\cdots+n_t-t+1$ objects are placed into $t$ boxes, then for some $i$, $i = 1,2,\ldots,t$, the $i$th box contatins at least $n_i$ ...
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Chessboard Pigeonhole Question

"Each square of a 4-by-19 chessboard is colored either green, yellow or red. Prove that the board must contain a rectangle consisting of at least four squares, and such that its four corner squares ...
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Show that Peterson Graph has no 7 cycle

In order to prove that Peterson graph has no 7 cycle I read the proof given in http://people.math.sfu.ca/~goddyn/Courses/345shutdown/WestSolutions/solutions1.1.pdf The given proof is ...
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Pigeonhole principle (I think): colored points in the plane

Suppose that each points in $\Bbb R^2$ is colored red, green or blue. Prove that either there are two points of the same color a distance $1$ unit apart, or there is an equilateral triangle of side ...
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Qn on Pigeon-Hole Principle

Let S be a set of 10 positive integers ≤ 50. Show that there two different (but not necessarily disjoint) subsets of four integers such that the sums of the 4 integers in the sets are equal. Having ...
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Prove that for positive number, some multiple only has 0 and d as it's digits

Let $ n$ be a positive integer, and let $1<=d<=9$. Show that some multiple of $n$ has $0$ and $d$ as its only digits. I don't know how to even start this question. It's under the pigeonhole ...
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Choosing $15$ out of $100$ whole numbers with difference of any $2$ divisible by $7$

How can we prove with the pigeonhole principle that having $100$ whole numbers, one can choose $15$ of them so that the difference of any $2$ is divisible by $7$?
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Prove that there exists a numbered socket such that for every orientation, two equal numbers coincide

There is a socket which has $6$ holes on the vertices of a regular hexagon. These holes are numbered $1, 2, \dots , 6$. Prove that there exists such a plug with $6$ prongs numbered such that no matter ...
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Smallest subset of $\{1,2,…,4n\}$ with a certain property

Fact 1: Let $A\subseteq\{1,2,...,2n\}$. If $n+1\leq |A|$, then there exists 2 elements $a,b\in A$ such that $a+b=2n+1$. Proof: This can be shown by writing $\{1,2,...,2n\}$ as the union of $n$ ...
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Divisibility and Pigeonhole principle

Given a sequence of $p$ integers $a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_p$, show that there exist consecutive terms in the sequence whose sum is divisible by $p$. That is, show that there are $i$ and $j$, with $1 \leq ...
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Pigeonhole principle problem involving circle and its chords

Several chords are drawn in a circle of radius 1 such that each diameter intersects no more than 4 of them. Prove that the sum of their lengths does not exceed 13.
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Ramsey Type problem (variant of people at a party)

There is $n$ people at a party. Prove that there are two people such that, of the remaining $n-2$ people, there are at least $\lfloor n/2\rfloor-1$ of them, each of whom either knows both or else ...
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Pigeonhole proof of Rational Approximation Theorem

I am stuck with the solution to the following problem (it is also known as the Rational Approximation Theorem) at the Art of Problem Solving wiki, which states: Show that for any irrational $x \in ...
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Prove that there is an element in $ \{ \sqrt{3}, 2\sqrt{3}, 3\sqrt{3},…\}$ having fractional part less than 0.01

Given a set $ \{ \sqrt{3}, 2\sqrt{3}, 3\sqrt{3},...\}$, prove that some of the elements have fractional part less than 0.01 when written in decimal form. Here is my attempt so far: Divide the range ...
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pigeonhole principle on a circle

In a disk of radius 10, how can we find all values n such that there are exactly n points in the disk and such that no matter how the n points are arranged, we can draw a disk with radius 1 in the ...
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Milk bottles and pigeonhole. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Chess Master Problem A child drinks at least 1 bottle of milk a day. Given that he has drunk 700 bottles of milk in a year of 365 days, prove that for he has drunk ...