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Homework Help: Introduction to Pigeonhole Principle

  1. Feb 27, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Give a sample problem its solution employing Pigeonhole Principle

    2. Relevant equations
    Pigeonhole Principle

    3. The attempt at a solution
    We have this homework about pigeonhole principle which hasn't been discussed yet, but we need to present an example and present it in class,, I've been searching, I get the holes and pigeons like logic stuff,, If i were to get an example i would use the birthday problem which is easy,, but i dont know if this is relevant,, if there's anyone who could explain or could give any easy example.. this would really help.. also please provide with explanation and solution tnx
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  3. Feb 27, 2012 #2
    Try to do this one:

    Say I choose 51 numbers from 1,2,...,100. Then there will be at least 2 numbers who do not have a common prime factor.
  4. Feb 27, 2012 #3
    so pigeons would be the 100 and 51 would be the pigeon box right? or 2?
    so how do i equate it? do i use subset?
  5. Feb 27, 2012 #4
    No, the pigeon boxes are somewhat more complicated.

    Hint: the numbers k and k+1 do not have common prime divisor.
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