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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?

A. 5
B. 6
C. 7
D. 20
E. 40

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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?

A. 5
B. 6
C. 7
D. 20
E. 40



6c1 +6c2 : 21

IMO 6 should be correct.. IMO b
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Let say there are 2 colors : A & B. All possible combination would be A , B , AB.
If there are 3 : A, B & C. Combinations would be A , B , C , AB, AC , BC.

n(n+1)/ 2 > 20
n(n+1) > 40

Lowest value which fits is 6.

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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?

CONSIDER ANSWER CHOICES

5 colours

A,B,C,D,E
AB, AC, AD, AE
BC, BD, BE
CD, CE
DE
falls short of 20.

6 colours

all the above + a new colour F
F, FA, FB, FC,FD, FE
totals 21.

B is the correct option.
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