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In a row of five squares, each square is to be colored either red, yellow, or blue, so that no two consecutive squares have the same color, and at lest three of the squares are red.  How many ways are there to color the five squares?

Feb 10, 2023

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We can solve this problem using the principle of inclusion-exclusion.

Let's consider the number of ways to color the five squares with no restrictions first. There are 3^5 = 243 ways to color the squares, since each square can be colored in 3 different ways.

Next, let's consider the number of ways to color the squares with the restriction that no two consecutive squares can have the same color. We can use dynamic programming to solve this. Let R[i] be the number of ways to color the first i squares with no two consecutive squares having the same color, such that the i-th square is red. Similarly, let Y[i] and B[i] be the number of ways to color the first i squares with the restriction, such that the i-th square is yellow and blue, respectively. Then, we have:

R[i] = Y[i-1] + B[i-1] Y[i] = R[i-1] + B[i-1] B[i] = R[i-1] + Y[i-1]

Starting with R = 1, Y = 1, B = 1, we can calculate R, Y, and B, and so on, until we reach R, Y, and B. The final answer is R + Y + B.

Applying this dynamic programming approach, we get R = 5, Y = 4, B = 4.

So, there are 5 + 4 + 4 = 13 ways to color the five squares with the restriction that no two consecutive squares can have the same color.

Finally, to find the number of ways to color the squares with the restriction that at least three of the squares are red, we subtract the number of ways to color the squares with fewer than 3 red squares from the number of ways to color the squares with no restrictions.

There are 3 ways to color the squares with 0 red squares, and 3 ways to color the squares with 1 red square, so there are 3 + 3 = 6 ways to color the squares with fewer than 3 red squares.

Therefore, there are 243 - 6 = 237 ways to color the five squares with the restrictions that no two consecutive squares can have the same color and that at least three of the squares are red.

Feb 11, 2023