Questions involving the pigeonhole principle, which states that if $n$ items are placed in $m$ containers and $n>m$, then one at least one container has more than one item.

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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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Select 100 integers from 1,2,…,200 [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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Arrangement of $100$ points inside $13\times18$ rectangle

Prove that you can't arrange 100 points inside a $13\times18$ rectangle so that the distance between any two points is at least 2. I tried many ways to divide the rectangle, but I can't get the ...
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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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Let $S=\{3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12\}$. Suppose 6 integers are chosen from S. Must there be 2 integers whose sum is 15?

How can I go about solving this Pigeonhole Principle problem? So I think the possible numbers would be: $[3+12], [4+11], [5+10], [6+9], [7+8]$ I am trying to put this in words...
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Why is the Ramsey`s theorem a generalization of the Pigeonhole principle

German Wikipedia states that the Ramsey`s theorem is a generalization of the Pigeonhole principle source But does not say why this is true. I am doing a presentation about the Ramsey theory and also ...
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How would you prove this theory of computation problem?

I have trouble proving the following statement, I'm supposed to do it for our theory of computation course but since I've been trying for days I'm looking for a hint : What is the smallest value ...
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For any arrangment of numbers 1 to 10 in a circle, there will always exist a pair of 3 adjacent numbers in the circle that sum up to 17 or more

I set out to solve the following question using the pigeonhole principle Regardless of how one arranges numbers $1$ to $10$ in a circle, there will always exist a pair of three adjacent numbers in ...
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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 problem 3

Prove: For every group of 1009 positive integers, there exist 2 integers of that group, that their sum or difference divide with 2014 without residue. where do I start?
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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 solve ...
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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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Pigeonhole principle exercises

I have an exam in combinatorics on Friday and the pigeonhole principle is a part of the material. Can someone give me a reference to a book with the hardest(!) questions on this material? Thank you ...
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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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Prove existence of a triangle with least angle $\leq 30$ degrees

Problem: Let $A$ be a set of $6$ points in a plane such that no $3$ are collinear. Show that there exist 3 points in $A$ which form a triangle having an interior angle not $30$ degrees. I am supposed ...
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Combinatorics problem; counting in two ways, china 1993

I'm trying to solve the combinatorics problems provided in Yufei Zhao's blog. Can you help me with this one? China (1993): A group of $10$ people went to a bookstore. It is known that ...
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Application of Pigeon-Hole Principle to balls in bins.

Given $n$ balls placed in $m$ boxes, prove that if $n < \frac{m(m-1)}{2}$ then at least two boxes have same number of balls in them.
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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 to Prove a Hamiltonian Graph

I am trying to figure out if a graph can be assumed Hamiltonian or not, or if it's indeterminable with minimal information: A graph has 17 vertices and 129 edges. ...
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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 $x \in \mathbb{R}$...
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Pigeonhole Principle - round stadium

10 runners are in a round stadium. All of them start running from the same point at the same time. Each one runs in a constant speed $\ r_i>0 $. Prove that for every $\epsilon>0$ there is time $\...
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Pigeonhole problem - Can solve it but can't model how it works…

So we have the below pigeonhole problem from an example quiz and I understand how to solve the problem, but I can't really model how it is working in my head. Can anyone explain it? There are 50 ...
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simple proof for principle of pigeons

I must prove the principle of pigeons but the proofs I find in the internet are too complex. Here's what I can use: Definition $$I_n = \{p\in \mathbb{N}; p\le n\}$$ The principle of the pigeons ...
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Tricky pigeonhole principle question

Say someone is given at least one marble every day for 7 weeks. However, there are never more than 11 marbles given to the person in one week. Prove that there is some period of consecutive days in ...
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What is the minimum of shirts that must be selected to ensure five shirts of the same color are selected?-Pigeonhole Principle

A closet has 3 red, 7 blue and 10 black shirts. What is the minimum number of shirts you’ve to blindfoldedly pick to ensure a. at least 4 of the same color? b. at least 5 of the same color? Soln: I ...
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Prove that if $|S| \ge 2^{n−1} + 1$, then $S$ contains two elements which are disjoint from each other.

I'm trying to use the pigeonhole principle to prove that if $S$ is a subset of the power set of the first $n$ positive integers, and if $S$ has at least $2^{n-1}+1$ elements, then $S$ must ...
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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 principle and room full of flies

Room is cube-shaped, with side lengths $3$ meters. $136$ flies flies are in it. Prove that: At any moment you can encompass $6$ flies with a sphere of radius $90$ centimeters. This is ...
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Probability problem- Are there atleast 3 balls with same colour radius and in same box?

The question is as follows, it came in RMO in 1990. It most likely involves probability..as far I think. Two boxes contain between them 65 balls of several different sizes. Each ball is white, black, ...
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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 two-...
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An upper bound on the sum of the lengths of chords

Problem: Several chords are drawn in a circle of radius $1$, and each diameter of the circle intersects no more than four of them. Prove that the sum of their lengths does not exceed 13. I couldn't ...
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Three differences $a_{i}-a_{j}$ are the same

Here is the complete question: ** Consider $2n$ distinct positive numbers (with $n>2$) such that each of them is less than or equal to $n^{2}$. Prove that three differences $a_{i}-a_{j}$ are the ...
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Show that given seven real numbers, it is always possible take two of them, such that $\left\vert\frac{a-b}{1+ab}\right\vert<\frac{1}{\sqrt{3}}$

Show that given seven real numbers, it is always possible take two of them, such that $$\left\vert\frac{a-b}{1+ab}\right\vert<\frac{1}{\sqrt{3}}$$ The "Pigeonhole principle" states that if $n$ ...
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Integer Lattice Points

Let $(n_1,m_1),(n_2,m_2),. . .,(n_9,m_9)$ be integer lattice points in the plane (ie. $n_i$ and $m_i$ are integers). Show that the midpoint of the line joining some pair of points is also an integer ...
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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 in ...
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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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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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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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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 ...