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Note: One can show that for every person P at the party there exists a person Q who has an even number of common friends with P at the party. Indeed, let sets A and B be as in the solution. The set B is nonempty, since IB I is odd. There must be a person Q who has an even number of friends in B. Then Q must also have an even number of friends in A. In order to justify this stronger statement we did not use a proof by contradiction. 39. [AIME 1997] How many different 4 x 4 arrays whose entries are all1' sand -1 1s have the property that the sum of the entries in each row is 0 and the sum of the entries in each column is 0?

AIME 1996] 1\vo of the squares of a 7 x 7 checkerboard are painted yellow, and the rest are painted green. 1\vo color schemes are equivalent if one can be obtained from the other by applying a rotation in the plane of the board. How many inequivalent color schemes are possible? Solution: There are (~) = 1176 ways to select the positions of the yellow squares. Because quarter-turns can be applied to the board, however, there are fewer than 1176 inequivalent color schemes. Color schemes in which the two yellow squares are not diametrically opposed appear in four equivalent forms.

If the vertices of the bottom row are colored alternately, this property must be true for each of the other rows as well. Hence each row can be colored in 2 ways for a total of 2n ways. Therefore the answer is 2n- 2+ 2n = 2n+ 1 -2 ways satisfying the conditions of the problem. 41. Sixty-four balls are separated into several piles. At each step we are allowed to apply the following operation. 3. Prove that it is possible to put all the balls into one pile. Solution: We use induction to prove that it is possible to put all the n balls into one pile if n = 2m for some nonnegative integer m.