## Approach

Let us denote B for the black sock and W for the white sock.

The boy needs to take out at least two socks to find a pair of socks. A pair of socks taken out may contain one of the following: (B, B), (B, W), (W, W) and (W, B).

(B, B) and (W, W) are valid as they form the pair of the same colors of socks. But the other two are not valid.

When the boy takes out the third sock, the pairs may contain one of the following:

(W, W, W)

(W, W, B)

(W, B, W)

(W, B, B)

(B, W, W)

(B, W, B)

(B, B, W)

(B, B, B)

Now each one of them has a pair of Black or White socks, as seen below:

(W, W, W) has a pair of W socks

(W, W, B) has a pair of W socks

(W, B, W) has a pair of W socks

(W, B, B) has a pair of B socks

(B, W, W) has a pair of W socks

(B, W, B) has a pair of B socks

(B, B, W) has a pair of B socks

(B, B, B) has a pair of B socks

Thus the minimum number of socks the boy has to draw from his drawer is 3.

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What is the minimum number of times he has to draw socks to go out for school for ten black socks and ten white socks?

He has to draw a minimum of two socks to find a pair of socks of the same color. For example, he can draw a pair of Black socks or a pair of white socks.

### What would be the answer to the question if there were ten black socks and only one white sock?

The answer would still remain 3. When he takes three socks out, he will always get one pair of black socks.

### What would be the answer to the question if there were ten black, ten white and ten red socks?

The answer is 4. Whenever he takes four socks out, he will always get a pair of socks of the same color.

## Conclusion

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