Questions involving the pigeonhole principle in Combinatorial Analysis.

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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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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 ...
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How the cardinality of $\mathbb{R^+}$ and $\mathbb{R}$ same?

Let me first confirm you that this question is not a duplicate of either this, this or this or any other similar looking problem. Here in the current problem I'm asking to disprove me(most probably ...
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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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A pigeonhole problem from “Conjecture and Proof”

I don't really know how to start this problem at all. I would like a solution or even hints. "Prove that for every odd integer $n$ there is an integer $i$ such that $n \mid 2^i- 1.$" The chapter in ...
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One of $2^1-1,2^2-1,…,2^n-1$ is divisible by $n$ for odd $n$

Let $n$ be an odd integer greater than 1. Show that one of the numbers $2^1-1,2^2-1,...,2^n-1$ is divisible by $n$. I know that pigeonhole principle would be helpful, but how should I apply it? ...
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Choose 38 different natural numbers less than 1000, Prove among these there exists at least two whose difference is at most 26.

Choose any 38 different natural numbers less than 1000. Prove that among the selected numbers there exists at least two whose difference is at most 26. I think I need to use pigeon hole principle, ...
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The decimal expansion of the quotient of two integers

It is an exercise in a book on discrete mathematics.How to prove that in the decimal expansion of the quotient of two integers, eventually some block of digits repeats. For example: $\frac { 1 }{ 6 } ...
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show that at least 3 balls have same weight

You are given 49 balls of colour red, black and white. It is known that, for any 5 balls of the same colour, there exist at least two among them possessing the same weight. The 49 balls are ...
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Pigeonhole Principle on Graphs

I just have a last minute question for my combinatorics final (which is in one hour!!). My prof particularly told me to study the following question and I'm pretty sure it involves the pigeonhole ...
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Question about the Pigeonhole Principle

The question is: Let $A = \{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8\}$. If five integers are selected from $A$, must at least one pair of the integers have a sum of $9$? The book explains the solution by dividing the ...
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Maximum number of mutually orthogonal latin square pairs (definition provided)

An $n\times n$ matrix is defined to be a "latin square" if each row and column is a permutation of the first $n$ natural numbers. Two squares of same order are orthogonal if the $n^2$ pairs ...
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Pigeonhole principle question confusion

Now I understand it. I just learnt this principle. I am doing a problem in which there's a box with many red socks, green socks and blue socks. First question was how many minimum socks should I pick ...
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$5$ points on a sphere [duplicate]

Diffuse $5$ points on a sphere. Prove there is a closed half-sphere that has at least $4$ points on it.
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Show that some 5 consecutive chairs must be occupied.

A group of 25 people are seated in a row of 30 chairs. Show that some 5 consecutive chairs must be occupied.
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Selecting from $\{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9\}$ to guarantee at least one pair adds to $10$

How many numbers must be selected from the set $\{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9\}$ to guarantee that at least one pair of these numbers add up to $10$? Justify your answer. Here's my answer. Consider the ...
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Pigeonhole Principle -

Let $n$ be an odd integer and let $f$ be an $n$-permutation of length $n$. Show that the number \begin{equation}x = (1-f(1))\cdot(2-f(2))\cdot...(n-f(n))\end{equation} is even. I don't understand ...
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Show that any set of 7 distinct integers includes two integers $x$ and $y$, such that either $x-y$ or $x+y$ is divisible by 10

Show that any set of 7 distinct integers includes two integers $x$ and $y$, such that either $x-y$ or $x+y$ is divisible by 10. I'm trying to apply the pigeonhole principle, but haven't been able to ...
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Pigeonhole principle: show that a class of nine has at least five male or five female students.

Here is the problem in full, start to finish, with no other special instructions or rules: "If there are 9 students in a class, show that at least 5 must be male or at least 5 must be female. Also, ...
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how to apply hint to question involving the pigeonhole principle

The following question is from cut-the-knot.org's page on the pigeonhole principle Question Prove that however one selects 55 integers $1 \le x_1 < x_2 < x_3 < ... < x_{55} \le 100$, ...
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Candidates in an exam

443 candidates enter the exam hall. There are 20 rows of seats I'm the hall. Each row has 25 seats. At least how many rows have an equal number of candidates. My attempt Seat 25 in the first row 24 ...
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Pigeonhole Principle Question: Given any 5 points inside a square of side length 2, there is always a pair whose distance apart is at most $\sqrt2$

The question I am looking at: Prove that given 5 points inside a square of side length 2, it is always possible to find two of them whose distance apart is at most $\sqrt2$. This looks to me like I ...
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Pigeonhole Principle / Number Theory

Let $S$ be a subset of $A=\{1,2,3,...,1000\}$. Find the largest number of elements in $S$ such that for any $a, b \in S$ with $a>b$, $a-b$ does not divide $a+b$. I've tried numerous approaches, ...
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An interesting problem using Pigeonhole principle

I saw this problem: Let $A \subset \{1,2,3,\cdots,2n\}$. Also, $|A|=n+1$. Show that There exist $a,b \in A$ with $a \neq b$ and $a$ and $b$ is coprime. I proved this one very easily by using pigeon ...
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Using the Pigeonhole Principle to show that $2$ of any $n+1$ numbers from $\{1,2,\ldots,2n\}$ sum to $2n+1$

Let n be greater or to 1, and let S be an (n+1)-subset of [2n]. Prove that there exist two numbers in S whose sum is 2n+1. I know I have to use the pigeonhole principle - no idea how to start...
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Twenty distinct integers are chosen from {1,2,…,69} and their differences

Twenty distinct integers are chosen from {1,2,...,69}. Prove that amongst their pairwise differences there are at least four which are identical. I understand that the set {1...69} is ...
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Is this question a pigeon hole question?

How many integers must you pick in order to be sure that at least two of them have the same remainder when divided by 15? Explain. It seems like this is similar to the birthday pigeon hole ...
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Pigeonhole principle and room full of flies

Room is cube-shaped, with side 3m. 136 flies fly in it. Prove that at any moment one can encompass 6 flies with a sphere of radius 90cm. This is from a math class, I couldn't devise an ...
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Pigeonhole Principle

Let $X = {x_0, x_1, · · · , x_m}$ be a subset of ${1, 2, · · · , n}$, where $m > n/2$, and $x_0$ is the smallest number in $X$. Use the pigeonhole principle to show that $X$ contains two numbers ...
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Any two points inside a circle are within a diameter of each other.

In many problems involving the Pigeonhole Principle, we often assume the following lemma: Lemma: The distance between any two points in a circle of radius $r$ is at most $2r$. Intuitively, this ...
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Extended Pigeonhole Principle: How to prove it?

A version of the pigeonhole principle is: (1) If m objects are put in n boxes and n < m, then at least one box contains at least ceil(m/n) objects An alternate (more generalized) version ...
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Pigeonhole Principle Exercise

Show that any subset of $\{1, 2, 3, ..., 200\}$ having more than $100$ members must contain at least one pair of integers which add to $201$. I think it is doable using the Pigeonhole Principle.
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A combinatorics problem

Given $A = \{a_0, a_1,...,a_m\}$ such that it's a subset of $\{1,2,...,n\}$ where $m>n/2$, and $a_0$ is the smallest number in $A$. Show that $A$ contains two numbers $b$ and $c$ such that ...
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Pigeonhole-principle with two choices

I am able to solve this sort of problem pretty easily. An arm wrestler is the champion for a period of 75 hours. The arm wrestler had at least one match an hour, but no more than 125 total ...
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Chords of a 20-gon

Twenty points lie on a circle, so as to form a regular polygon. Then they are split into ten pairs, and the points in each pair are connected by a chord. Prove that some pair of these chords have the ...
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Seems straightforward pigeonhole

If we are given $37$ integers then show that it is possible to choose $7$ of them with sum divisible by $7$. I have tried this problem but with no avail. If we assume there are no integers with ...
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Prove two numbers of a set will evenly divide the other

We have a set A of numbers 1, 2, 3... to 200 The question is asking me to prove that if I choose 101 numbers from the set, there will be two such that one evenly divides the other. I know this ...
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Prove:that in any set of 1009 positive integers exits two numbers $a_i$ and $a_j$ such that $a_i-a_j$ or $a_i+a_j$ is divisible by 2014

Show that in any set of 1009 positive integers exits two numbers $a_i$ and $a_j$ such that $a_i-a_j$ or $a_i+a_j$ is divisible by 2014 without remainder ($i\not=j$). I think the "pigeonholes" here ...
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pigeonhole principle question 40 participants in an art workshop

There are 40 participants in an art workshop. Each one of them signed up for one or more of the following courses: handicraft, ceramics and Chinese paintings. One of the combinations of courses must ...
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Pigeonhole principle for dominoes.

Suppose we have 13 dominoes, each with a red and blue integer number. Prove that there is a subset of 4 dominoes such that the sum of the 4 red numbers and the sum of the 4 blue numbers are both ...
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$2^n$ modulo n where n is odd always yields either an even or $1$

I'm attempting to do a pidgeonhole proof to prove that for some odd integer n, there is always a $2^k$ such that $2^k \mod(n) = 1$. I know that $2^n \mod(n)$ will always yield either an even number or ...
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Proving the Chinese Remainder Theorem using the Pigeonhole Principle

I am trying to prove a version of the Chinese Remainder Thoerem using the pigeonhole principle. The theorem that was provided: If n and m are relatively prime, then for all integers 0 ≤ a < n ...
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Prove that in each coloring of a $4\times7$ board in two colors there's a square that all four of it's corners are colored by the same color

Prove that in each coloring of a $4\times7$ board in two colors there's a square that all four of it's corners are colored by the same color. This is a pigeon hole principle question and I have a ...
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Help with a pigeonhole principle?

Let $n \geq 1$ be an integer. Use the Pigeonhole Principle to prove that in any set of $n + 1$ integers from $\{1, 2, . . . , 2n\}$, there are two integers that are consecutive (i.e., di ffer by ...