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positive reals a,b,c give

ab + bc + ac = 3

Prove that:

a³ + b³ + c³ + 6abc ≥ 9

**ryos****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-04
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Since ab + bc + ac = 3, let ab, bc, and ac all equal 1. Now, 1³ + 1³ + 1³ + 6(1) = 9.

Is this the lower bound? My intuition says yes, because to decrease one of them, you'd have to increase at least one other, possible more than you decreased the one. However, I don't know how to prove it. Maybe someone else could step in?

El que pega primero pega dos veces.

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**kylekatarn****Member**- Registered: 2005-07-24
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I'm proving this now.

Proof by student hipnotization:

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You are now under my control......

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Belive me.... The statement TRUE!

:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P

Ohhhhmmmmmmm.....

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3...2...1...

:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P

Therefore, we conclude that a³ + b³ + c³ + 6abc ≥ 9

//q.e.d

*Any questions?*

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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LOL!! Gee, and I really feel like doing that with proofs ...

OK, let's just play with this, start with a=b=c=1, and then increase "a" by ε, and decrease "c" by λ to compensate

ab + bc + ac = (1+ε)1 + 1(1-λ) + (1+ε)(1-λ) = 1 + ε + 1 - λ + (1 - λ + ε - ελ)

= 3 + 2ε - 2λ - ελ = 3

∴ 2ε - 2λ - ελ = 0

So, does that "- ελ" term mean that ε has to be slightly larger than λ to make it work? And hence "a³ + b³ + c³ + 6abc" is going to increase?

I think so ...

... and I will now hypnotize you all ...

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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