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Assign xn−1 and xn the same color. When the last k vertices xk+1 , . . , xn−1 , xn have been colored, k ≥ 2, there is a color available for xk since xk is adjacent to at most d − 1 of the already-colored vertices. Finally, there is a color available for x1 since two of the vertices adjacent to x1 have been given the same color. We now consider a coloring problem of a completely diﬀerent nature. It serves as an introduction to a very important theorem of combinatorics, namely Ramsey’s theorem. Before reading on, the reader should try the following problem.

To show that equality holds, we have to color K8 such that there is no red triangle and no blue K4 . We do this as follows: number the vertices with the elements of Z8 . Let the edge {i, j} be red if and only if i − j ≡ ±3 or i − j ≡ 4 (mod 8). One easily checks that this coloring does the job. N (p, q; 2) ≤ Problem 3D. Use the same method to show that N (4, 4; 2) = 18 and that N (3, 5; 2) = 14. With a lot more work it has been shown that N (3, 6; 2) = 18, N (3, 7; 2) = 23, N (3, 8; 2) = 28, N (3, 9; 2) = 36, 30 A Course in Combinatorics N (4, 5; 2) = 25.

N. Let Sn denote the number of SDR’s of the collection {A1 , . . , An }. 1/n Determine Sn and limn→∞ Sn . Let G be a bipartite graph, ﬁnite or inﬁnite; say the vertex set is partitioned into sets X, Y of vertices so that every edge of G has one end in X and one end in Y . We say that a matching M in G covers a subset S of the vertices when every vertex in S is incident with one of the edges in M . 6. If there exists a matching M1 that covers a subset X0 of X and there exists a matching M2 that covers a subset Y0 of Y , then there exists a matching M3 that covers X0 ∪ Y0 .