# Van Der Waerden's Theorem

22 June 2021

### Abstract

This article formalises the proof of Van der Waerden's Theorem from Ramsey theory. Van der Waerden's Theorem states that for integers $k$ and $l$ there exists a number $N$ which guarantees that if an integer interval of length at least $N$ is coloured with $k$ colours, there will always be an arithmetic progression of length $l$ of the same colour in said interval. The proof goes along the lines of \cite{Swan}. The smallest number $N_{k,l}$ fulfilling Van der Waerden's Theorem is then called the Van der Waerden Number. Finding the Van der Waerden Number is still an open problem for most values of $k$ and $l$.