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In a certain laboratory, chemicals are identified by a [#permalink]
30 Oct 2006, 02:33
In a certain laboratory, chemicals are identified by a color-coding system. There are 20 different chemicals. Each one is coded with either a single color or a unique two-color pair. If the order of colors in the pairs doesn't matter, what is the minimum number of different colors needed to code all 20 chemicals with either a single color or a unique pair of colors?