Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Decision Maths Problem - "There are 6 people in a room..."

Came across this question when working with a teacher who's never taught Decision Maths at A Level before.  It's a bit of a stinker, and the explanation of the solution takes some doing, too.

There are 6 people in a room.
Prove that there is a group of at least 3 people who:
(a) know each other; or
(b) don't know each other.

Here's the solution, in video form:

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