3060.51 – Red and Blue Point Line Segment

Tags:Problem Set 6GeometryPre-Calculus

Suppose every point in a plane is colored red or colored blue. Show that there exists some line segment in the plane such that its end points and its midpoint are all the same color.


Pick two points xx and yy that are, say, red. We propose to work with the line xyxy (see the figure). On this line, locate points M,N,M, N, and PP such that Mx=xy=yPMx = xy = yP and xN=NyxN = Ny.

Now, by cases:

  1. If NN is red, we’re done: xNyxNy.
  2. If NN is blue, then look at MM.
  3. If MM is red, we’re done: MxyMxy.
  4. If MM is blue, then look at PP. 1. If PP is red, then we’re done: xyPxyP. 2. If PP is blue, then we’re still done: MNPMNP.

Lovely problem, eh? (Only if you like proof by cases!). Note: there are several more problems about this red and blue plane, all with the 3060 Stella number.