2017 UNCO Math Contest II Problems/Problem 7

Problem

A box of 48 balls contains balls numbered 1, 2, 3, . . ., 12 in each of four different colors. Without ever looking at any of the balls, you choose balls at random from the box and put them in a bag. (a) If you must be sure that when you finish, the bag contains at least one set of five balls whose numbers are consecutive, then what is the smallest number of balls you can put in the bag? (For example, a set of balls, in any combination of colors, with numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 is a set of five whose numbers are consecutive.) (b) If instead you must be sure that the bag contains at least one set of five balls all in the same color and with consecutive numbers, then what is the smallest number of balls you can put in the bag? Remember to justify answers for maximum credit.

Solution

(a) 41

(b) 41

See also

2017 UNCO Math Contest II (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 6
Followed by
Problem 8
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