# Prove that at most $2k+1$ independent sets form the set of vertices of a graph, where $k$ is the maximum degree. [closed]

I have a graph $G(V,E)$ where each vertex has degree at most $k$. How can I prove that I need at most $2k + 1$ disjoint sets of vertices in which there is no connection between two vertices from the same set to create the set of vertices $V$.

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## 1 Answer

It is well-known and easy to prove that if each vertex of a graph has degree at most $k$ then its vertices can be colored into $k+1$ colors in such a way that there are no adjacent monochromatic vertices. This yield a required partition even into $k+1$ sets of vertices.