Questions involving the pigeonhole principle in Combinatorial Analysis.

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What is your favorite application of the Pigeonhole Principle?

The pigeonhole principle states that if $n$ items are put into $m$ "pigeonholes" with $n > m$, then at least one pigeonhole must contain more than one item. I'd like to see your favorite ...
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Collection of numbers always in increasing or decreasing order

Anyone have any ideas on this question? I think you have to use the pigeon hole principle..but I am not sure about that? The numbers $1,2,3,\ldots,101$ are written down in a row in some order. Is ...
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Chess Master Problem

From Introductory Combinatorics by Richard Brualdi We have a chess master. He has 11 weeks to prepare for a competition so he decides that he will practice everyday by playing at least 1 game a day. ...
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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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Some three consecutive numbers sum to at least $32$

Here's a question we got for homework: We write down all the numbers from $1$ to $20$ in a circle. Prove that there is a sequence of $3$ numbers whose sum is at least $32$. I assume we need the ...
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Of any 52 integers, two can be found whose difference of squares is divisible by 100

Prove that of any 52 integers, two can always be found such that the difference of their squares is divisible by 100. I was thinking about using recurrence, but it seems like pigeonhole may also ...
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Prove that if two miles are run in 7:59 then one mile MUST be run under 4:00.

I'm in an argument with someone who claims that a two mile in 7:59 does not imply that one mile (at some point within the two miles) was covered in under 4:00. This is obviously wrong, but I'm not ...
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A question related to Pigeonhole Principle

In a room there are 10 people, none of whom are older than 60, but each of whom is at least 1 year old. Prove that one can always find two groups of people (with no common person) the sum of ...
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Prove that 2 students live exactly five houses apart if

There are 50 houses along one side of a street. A survey shows that 26 of these houses have students living in them. Prove that there are two students who live EXACTLY five houses apart on the street. ...
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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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If n is an odd integer, show there exists a positive integer k such that 2^k mod n = 1.

Hi I've been trying to solve this problem for at least 4 hours now but I can't figure it out. If anyone can help I would really appreciate it! I am asked to prove this using the pigeonhole principle: ...
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A Pigeonhole Principle problem

101 positive integers are placed on a circle whose sum is 300.Prove that it is possible to choose from these numbers some consecutive numbers whose sum is equal to 200. (I don't know if the word ...
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Using Pigeonhole Principle to prove two numbers in a subset of $[2n]$ divide each other

Let $n$ be greater or equal to $1$, and let $S$ be an $(n+1)$-subset of $[2n]$. Prove that there exist two numbers in $S$ such that one divides the other. Any help is appreciated!
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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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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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Existance of multiple of $n$ with only 0 and 1 as it's digits [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Proof that a natural number multiplied by some integer results in a number with only one and zero as digits I read this somewhere recently: For any natural number $n$, ...
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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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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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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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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 principle and division

How is it possible to prove with the use of the pigeonhole principle that in every set of 2012 different numbers that are bigger or equal to zero there is at least one subset that if you sum up its ...
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Pigeonhole Principle question

There is a row of 35 chairs. Find the minimum number of chairs that must be occupied such that there are some consecutive set of 4 chairs or more occupied. I would like to have some hints as to ...
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100 Soldiers riddle

One of my friends found this riddle. There are 100 soldiers. 85 lose a left leg, 80 lose a right leg, 75 lose a left arm, 70 lose a right arm. What is the minimum number of soldiers losing all ...
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Is Pigeonhole Principle the negation of Dedekind-infinite?

From Wiki, "The Pigeonhole Principle": In mathematics, the pigeonhole principle states that if n items are put into m pigeonholes with n > m, then at least one pigeonhole must contain more ...
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Pigeonhole principle for a triangle

Consider a equilateral triangle of total area 1. Suppose 7 points are chosen inside. Show that some 3 points form a triangle of area $\leq\frac 14$.
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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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In a group of 6 people either we have 3 mutual friends or 3 mutual enemies. In a room of n people?

A group of 6 people each pair is either a friend (acquaintance) or an enemy (stranger). It is to be proven that there are either 3 mutual friends or 3 mutual enemies in this group. I have an ad-hoc ...
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Prove that the product of primes in some subset of $n+1$ integers is a perfect square.

I am trying to prove the following: The set $A$ consists of $n + 1$ positive integers, none of which have a prime divisor that is larger than the $n$th smallest prime number. Prove that there ...
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Show me some pigeonhole problems [closed]

I'm preparing myself to a combinatorics test. A part of it will concentrate on the pigeonhole principle. Thus, I need some hard to very hard problems in the subject to solve. I would be thankful if ...
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regarding Pigeonhole principle

Let A be a set of 100 natural numbers. prove that there is a set B $$B\subseteq A$$ such that the sum of B's elements can be divided by 100 I am stuck for a few days now. Please help!
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Another pigeonhole principle question

Have another question for you today: A course has seven elective topics, and students must complete exactly three of them in order to pass the course. If 200 students passed the course, show that at ...
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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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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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pigeonhole principle - 100 points in $13\times18$ 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 parts ...
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From any list of $131$ positive integers with prime factor at most $41$, $4$ can always be chosen such that their product is a perfect square

Author's note:I don't want the whole answer,but a guide as to how I should think about this problem. BdMO 2010 In a set of $131$ natural numbers, no number has a prime factor greater than 42. ...
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pigeonhole fun discrete math

How do i use the pigeon hole principle for these questions? A drawer contains 6 pairs of black, 5 pairs of white, 5 pairs of red, and 4 pairs of green socks. (a) How many single socks do we have to ...
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How to recognize a pigeonhole problem?

I'm going to split this into 2 questions, the first I think might have an answer, the second may not. First, is there a general way to recognize a pigeonhole problem as such? I mean are there some ...
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The pigeonhole principle question

Assume you choose $1000$ different numbers from the group $\{1, 2, \dots,1997\}$. Prove that within the $1000$ chosen numbers, there is a couple which sum is $1998$. I defined- ...
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combinatorics: The pigeonhole principle

Assume that in every group of 9 people, there are 3 in the same height. Prove that in a group of 25 people there are 7 in the same height. I started by defining: pigeonhole- heights. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pigeonhole question and generalization

Let H be a regular hexagon with side length 1 unit. (a) Show that if more than 6 points are speci ed inside H then the points of at least one pair of them are at most 1 unit apart. (b) State and ...
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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 ...