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# Algebraic thinking

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Yuor sock drawer is a mess and contains 10 white socks, 12 black socks, and 4 red socks. How many sox would you have to pull out of the drawer to be sure you have a pair?

A.2

B.3

C.4

D.5

Guest Aug 12, 2015

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You probably mean how many do you have to pull out to be sure of haveing 2 the same colour

Well if you pull out 3 and you have not got 2 the same colour yet then the next one will have to be the same as one you already have.  so the answer is  4

Melody  Aug 12, 2015
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You probably mean how many do you have to pull out to be sure of haveing 2 the same colour

Well if you pull out 3 and you have not got 2 the same colour yet then the next one will have to be the same as one you already have.  so the answer is  4

Melody  Aug 12, 2015
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This is known as the "Pigeonhole" principle.....Melody is correct......if we pull out all different ones on the first three tries, we must have a matching pair after the fourth  one is selected.....!!!!

CPhill  Aug 13, 2015