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Use mathematical induction to show that given a set of [itex]n\,+\,1[/itex] positive integers, none exceeding [itex]2\,n[/itex], there is at least one integer in this set that divides another integer in the set.

2. Relevant equations

Mathematical induction, others, I am not sure

3. The attempt at a solution

Let [itex]P(n)[/itex] be the claim that there will be two integers [itex](x,\,y)[/itex] such that y divides x.

[tex]\left{1,\,2,\,\dots,\,2\,n\right}[/tex] <----- Choose only [itex]n\,+\,1[/itex] of these.

Basis: Does [itex]P(1)[/itex] hold?

[tex]\left{1,\,\dots,\,2\,n\right}\,=\,\left{1,\,2\right}[/tex] <----- for [itex]n\,=\,1[/itex]

2 is divisible by 1, so x = 2 and y = 1. [itex]P(1)[/itex] is true.

Inductive hypothesis:

[tex]\left{1,\,2,\,\dots,\,2\,n,\,2\,n\,+\,1,\,2\,n\,+\,2\right}[/tex] <----- Choose only [itex]n\,+\,2[/itex] of these

How do I prove that though?

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