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**engrymbiff****Member**- Registered: 2010-06-14
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How to do this?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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**engrymbiff****Member**- Registered: 2010-06-14
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Sorry, that didn't help me..

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Hi Bobbym,

Is it okay to start with the thing we are trying to prove?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

This is the problem:

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi bobbym

I think what Agnishom wanted to ask you is whether it is okay to start the proof with what we want to prove and work our way to a true statement...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi anonimnystefy;

I missed that. I am sorry about that. Bob and I had a good discussion on that and it seems better to work backwards in that case. Even though they do work forwards a lot in inequality books.

Unfortunately, whatever brilliant idea I had about this problem 1 year ago, I can not remember it at all.

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**engrymbiff****Member**- Registered: 2010-06-14
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Hm... I really cannot solve it, I have a vague memory of how I solved it last time but now I don't have a good clue of how...

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**scientia****Member**- Registered: 2009-11-13
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I have a very weird solution; you probably won't like it but I'll have a go anyway.

Let .

Then

because .Let

.We find

(just). It follows that since the quadratic function is strictly increasing for positiveThe LHS is

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