Questions involving the pigeonhole principle in Combinatorial Analysis.

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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 ...
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Small Combinatorical Question - Pigeonhole Principle Related

Suppose there are $77$ positive integers arranged in a row such that their sum is $140$. I want to show there is a sequence of adjacent integers in the row whose sum is $13$. My line of thought is ...
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pigeonhole principle with sequence of numbers

Let $(x_1,x_2,x_3,\dots,x_{77})$ be positive numbers. Use the pigeonhole principle to show that, if $\sum_{i=1}^{77}{x_{i}} = 140$, then there exist $j$ and $k$ such that $\sum_{i=j}^{k}{x_{i}} = 13$. ...
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Application of pigeonhole principle

Select $11$ diff erent numbers from $f\{1,2,...,20\}$. Prove that two of your numbers, $a$ and $b$, will diff er by two. Clearly this is an application of the pigeonhole principle. However, I'm not ...
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pigeonhole principle divisibility proof

Let n be some positive odd number, prove that there exists some positive integer k such that n|(2k-1), prove in terms of the pigeonhole principle
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Pigeonhole Question

This is an example from a Discrete math textbook: Any subset of size $6$ from the set $S = \{1,2, 4, \dots 9\}$ must contain two elements whose sum is $10$. Answer: Here the pigeons constitute a $6$ ...
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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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A family of $n$ non-zero vectors of an $(n-1)$-dimensional vector space must be linearly dependent

I was bored earlier and began to think of the pigeonhole principle, and it came to me that it could be used to show that a family of $n$ non-zero vectors of an $(n-1)$-dimensional vector space must be ...
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Discrete Mathematics - Ice Cream random samples

How would you solve the following problem with Discrete Mathematics, and what is the answer? Suppose there are 5 different types of ice cream you like. How many random samples ice cream must be eaten ...
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Pigeonhole Principle Points in a Triangle

Suppose we have an equilateral triangle with side length $1$. In this equilateral triangle, we place $8$ points either on the boundary or inside the triangle itself. Then what is the maximum possible ...
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Pigeonhole principle to prove division

Here's a little question that we were shown in class: Let $S = \{1,2,\ldots,200\}$ and let $A \subseteq S$ such that $|A| = 101$. Prove that there are two elements of $A$ such that one is a ...
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Pigeonhole principle and finite sequences

Suppose we have $75$ boxes that are labeled from $1$ to $75$ and that in each box there is at least one ball, but there are not more than $125$ balls total. I'm trying to find the largest number $n ...
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A question about the Pigeonhole Principle and linear equations over $\mathbb{Z}$

This may be a bit trivial (apologies if it is), but I was wondering if there was an elementary way to compute the cardinality of the solution set in the following situation: How many solutions would ...
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pigeonhole principle related problem

I'm given the problem: In a tournament which 18 teams participate, a team being matched with another in a round don’t match again in the follwoing (later) rounds. After 8 rounds prove that there are 3 ...
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Average number of pigeon holes.

I'm an engineer not a mathematician, and I have a 3 part question that's applicable to a parallel computer system my team is designing. We have 10 CPU cores (ie - 10 pigeons) randomly reading from 10 ...
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pigeonhole principle 20 balls

I've worked out the answer to this as 13 since it's common sense, but we are supposed to apply the pigeon-hole principle, and I don't see how it is applicable here. A bowl contains 10 red balls ...
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Pigeonhole Principle question - sum of natural numbers

Let $f:\{1,2,...,15\} \rightarrow \Bbb N$ be a function such that $\sum_{i=1}^{15} f(i) =100$. $f(15+1)$ is defined to be $f(1)$. I have shown that $14\leq f(i)+f(i+1)$ for some $1\leq i \leq15$ ...
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pigeonhole principle - Oneway Island

There is a group of cities with the follwoing rule: Each city is connected to each city linked by a oneway street: For any two different cities $A$ and $B$ is it you either go directly from $A$ to ...
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Using the pigeonhole principle to prove there is at least a sum of numbers bigger than 29.

There is a circumference with 14 points $\{p_{1}, p_{2}, ... p_{14}\}$. These points are assigned numbers 1 to 14 randomly. It must be proven that if points are taken three-by-three, these triplets ...
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Seeking Feedback on my solution: Maximum area of a triangle inside a rectangle.

I was solving problem 3.3.16 from Paul Zeitz's book "The Art and Craft of Problem Solving." The problem reads Inside a 1 x 1 square, 101 points are placed.Show that some three of them form a ...
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Need a hint with permutations and pigeonhole-principle question

let $\pi_1,\pi_2,\pi_3\in S_{28}$. Help me prove that there are two sub-sequences of 28 with length 4 $i_1< i_2 <i_3<i_4,\ and\ \ j_1<j_2<j_3<j_4$ so that $\pi_q(i_n)=\pi_p(j_n)$ ...
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A Pigeonhole Principle Question

Show that in a party of $n$ people, there are two people having identical number of friends. I am a beginner at Pigeonhole Principle problems and have produced a solution to this intermediate level ...
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2014 points inside a cube

$2014$ points are chosen inside a cube with side $13$. Can a cube with side $1$ be found inside it so that it doesn't contain any of chosen points? This must be a problem solved using ...
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Help prove $f:X \rightarrow Y$ is an injection $\Leftrightarrow$ $f:X\rightarrow Y$ is a surjection when $|X|=|Y|$

I need to prove: Given non-empty finite sets $X$ and $Y$ with $|X| = |Y|,$ a function $X\rightarrow Y$ is an injection if and only if it is a surjection. The hint given is to use the pigeonhole ...
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How to estimate pigeonhole principle?

I was thinking about this after my professor mentioned the pigeonhole principle in class. Let's say we have $N$ items and $M$ containers. Here we assume $N > M$. We will randomly place each of the ...
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With the pigeon hole principle how do you tell which are the pigeons and which are the holes?

For example, I was reading this example from my textbook: Let S be a set of six positive integers who maximum is at most 14. Show that the sums of the elements in all the nonempty subsets of S ...
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Pigeonhole principle and sequences problem

Could you please tell me if this is the right approach to tackle this problem.I translated it from Spanish into English, so please excuse the wording and let me know if there's something that is not ...
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Difference of two powers of $3$ divisible by $2011$

How to prove that there exists two powers of $3$ that differ by a number that is divisible by $2011$?
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How to apply pigeonhole principle to this problem?

There are 33 students in the class and sum of their ages 430 years. Is it true that one can find 20 students in the class such that sum of their ages greater 260 ? My approach: The average age of ...
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Pigeonhole: 12 numbers between 10 to 100 - 2 have a difference divisible by 11

Prove that given 12 numbers between 10 to 100 - 2 have a difference divisible by 11. I didn't understand the answer given in my lecture and thought that as usual I'd probably get a clearer answer ...
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Pigeonhole principle problem

The problem I'm working on says: A basketball player has been training for 112 hours during 12 days. He has trained an integer number of hours every day. Prove that there was two consecutive days ...
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Show that for any subset of $10$ distinct integers there exists two disjoint subsets equal in sum

The title abbreviates the following homework exercise on the Pigeonhole Principle. Show that for any set of $10$ distinct integers from $1 \dots 60$ there exists two disjoint subsets of equal ...
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using the pigeon hole principle to prove that some integer with a sequence of ones and zeros is divisible by some d

Let $d$ be any fixed natural number. Show that there must exist an integer of the form $11\ldots1100\ldots 00$ (that is a integer whose digits consist of a sequence of $1$'s followed by $0$'s) which ...
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Proof Involving Pigeonhole Principle

Let $a_1, a_2, ..., a_n$ be positive integers all of whose prime divisors are $\le$ 13. a) Show that if $n \ge 65$ then there exist two of these integers whose product is a perfect square. [DONE] b) ...
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Pigeonhole Principle Proof

2004 flies are inside a cube of side 1. Show that some 3 of them are within a sphere of radius 1/11. I am not sure how to begin the proof especially since we are asked to work on a sphere rather than ...
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Pigeon principle question: Nine points in a diamond

A diamond (a parallelogram with equal sides) is given, and its sides are 2 cm long. The sharp angels are 60 degrees. If there are nine points inside the diamond, prove that there must be two of them ...
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Bit strings (pigeonhole principle)

Here is how the question is posed: Let $s_1$, $s_2$, $s_3, \ldots, s_{90}$ be 90 bit strings of length nine or less. Prove that there exist two strings $s_i$ and $s_j$ with $i \neq j$ that contain ...
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using pigeonhole principle for a hand of thirteen cards

Say I shuffle and deal a hand of thirteen cards. How can I apply the pigeonhole principle in these cases: The hand has at least four cards in the same suit The hand has at exactly four cards in some ...
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Pigeon-hole with the sum of 3 numbers

In any set consisting of exactly 7 different numbers chosen from the first 9 positive whole numbers, there are always 3 different numbers whose sum is 15. Is this true or false? There's a follow-up ...
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Show there exists a sequence of days within $49$ days where exactly $20$ hrs. are worked

Assume an integer number of hours will be worked each day for $49$ consecutive days. Further assume that at least $ 1 \frac{\text{hrs}}{\text{day}}$ and at most $11 \frac{\text{hrs}}{\text{wk}}$ can ...
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pigeonhole question with sets and sum of numbers

This question is meant to be solved with pigeonhole principle. But I can't solve it. I just can't figure out what is the pigeon and what is the pigeon hole. I don't really have a clear direction. ...
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Solve using Pigeonhole principle

There are 45 candidates appear in an examination. prove that there are at-least two candidates in class whose roll numbers differ by a multiple of 44. How can I prove this using pigeonhole ...