Questions involving the pigeonhole principle in Combinatorial Analysis.

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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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Is my argument correct to solve this textbook problem?

The problem is from M.Bona's "A Walk through Combinatorics", Ch1 Prob 13: There are infinitely many pieces of paper in a basket, and there is a positive integer written on each of them. We know ...
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Pigeon Hole Principle : For $n + 1$ numbers

My question is : Take $n + 1$ numbers out of $1, 2,..., 2n$ Show that there will be two consecutive numbers My Approach : Using the Pigeon Hole Principle , the $n$ holes are ...
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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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A game involving points in the integer plane - who wins?

I am running a workshop on puzzles and problem solving over the weekend and thought that it might be a good idea to get people engaged by phrasing some interesting mathematical results in terms of ...
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Proof that only a certain amount of points can fit in a rectangle

Prove that no more than 8 points can fit in a rectangle with sides d and 2d if any 2 points have to be at least d units away from each other. I have proved that no more than 6 points can fit ...
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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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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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Choose 8 distinct integers from $\{1, 2,\dots,16,17\}$. Show that the eight contain at least three pairs with a common difference for _any_ choice.

This problem is from the 1999 Canada National Olympiad. I am stuck trying to prove the first part using the pigeonhole principle. Is there a refinement that will allow it to be used more sharply, or ...
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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 ...