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# Math Help Inequality Proof! Need help ASAP! Thanks!

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Prove that $$\sqrt{ \frac{2x^2 - 2x + 1}{2} } \geq \frac{1}{x + \frac{1}{x}}$$ for 0 < x  < 1.

Please provide a full solution.

Thanks for the help!

Nov 1, 2018

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Don't know if this is what you are looking for....but....here's a solution using Calculus

The first  function  can be written  as

y  =  (1/√2) ( 2x^2 - 2x + 1)^(1/2)

The derivative of this function is

y'  =   ( 1/ sqrt(8)) ( 2x^2 - 2x +1)^(-1/2) ( 4x - 2)

We only need to solve this to find a possible   x value of a max / min  of this function [a critical point ]

4x - 2    =  0

4x  = 2

x = .5  =  1/2

And the y value  at this point  =    [1/ √2]  ( 2(1/2)^2 - 2(1/2) + 1)^(1/2)  =

[1/√2 ] ( 1/2 - 1 + 1 )^(1/2)   =   (1/4)^(1/2)  =  1/2

This point is a min  on [ 0, 1]  because

And  at x  = 0  the function value  = 1/√2  ≈ .707

And at x  = 1 the function value  =  1/√2 ≈ .707

So...the point  (.5, .5)  is the lowest point on this graph  from (0, 1)

The second  function can be written as

y =  x / ( x^2 + 1)  =  x ( x^2 + 1)^(-1)

The derivative of this is

y '  =  (x^2 + 1)^(-1) -  x (x^2 + 1)^(-2) * 2x       factor this

y '  =   (x^2 + 1)^(-2)   [ (x^2 + 1 - 2x^2 ]

y'  =  ( x^2 + 1)^(-2) [ 1 - x^2)

To  find  the possible x  that minimizes / maximizes this function on the interval  we can solve this

1 - x^2  =  0

(1 - x) ( 1 + x)  = 0     set both factors to 0  and solve for x  and we get that

x = 1   or  x  = -1       and these are the critical points of this function

We can ignore the second answer since it's out of the interval

So...the function has either a  max or min value  at x  = 1

At x  = 1  the y value  is     1 / [ 1^2 + 1] =  1/2

At x  = 0  the y value is  0 / [ 0^2 + 1] =  0

Since the value a x = 1  is greater than at x = 0....this fuction has a  max value on [ 0, 1]  of  1/2....and at all other points in (0,1)   y is less  than 1/2

But  the first function has a  minimum y value of 1/2  on (0,1)

So..on the interval  (0,1) the first function is always greater than the second function

So

√[ (2x^2 - 2x + 1) / 2 ]  ≥   1 /  [  x + 1/x ]     on  (0, 1)   Nov 1, 2018
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Hi FencingKat,

I have been asked if I can show or prove this without using calculus. So here goes ....

Prove that

$$\sqrt{ \frac{2x^2 - 2x + 1}{2} } \ge \frac{1}{x + \frac{1}{x}}\qquad for \quad 0 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- First I will consider the LHS, I am going to look at it bit by bit. For the LHS to be real \(2x^2-2x+1\ge0$$

consider

$$y=2x^2-2x+1 \\$$

This is a concave up parabola so it will be negative between the roots.

First find the roots.

$$2x^2-2x+1 =0\\ x=\frac{2\pm\sqrt{4-8}}{4}$$

there are no solutions to this so the roots are imaginary.

This parabola is always above the x axis

$$2x^2-2x+1>0 \;\;for\;\;all\;\;real\;\;x \\$$

The minimum value is at x=1/2 and it is

2*0.5^2-2*0.5+1 = 0.5

so for 0

$$\text{minimum value of }\sqrt{\frac{2x^2-2x+1}{2}}=\sqrt{\frac{0.5}{2}}=\frac{1}{2}$$

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Now consider  the RHS

$$RHS = \frac{1}{x+\frac{1}{x}} \\\text{As x approaches } 0^+ \text{ the RHS approaches 0}\\ \text{As x approaches 1 the RHS approaches }\frac{1}{2}$$

Now I suspect that the RHS is never more than 0.5 in the given domain

so i am going to determine for what values of x is the RHS less then or equal to 0.5

$$\frac{1}{x+\frac{1}{x}}\le\frac{1}{2}\\ 2 \le x+\frac{1}{x}\\ 2x \le x^2+1\\ 0 \le x^2-2x+1\\ x^2-2x+1\ge0\\ \triangle=b^2-4ac=4-4=0\\ \text{There is only 1 root (which we already know is when x=1)}\\ \text{plus } y=x^2-2x+1 \text{ is a concave up parabola so }\\ \frac{1}{x+\frac{1}{x}}\le\frac{1}{2} \text{ for all positive real x}$$

So the maximum of the RHS is 0.5 and that occurs when x=1

and the minimum of LHS is 0.5 and that occurs when x= 0.5

so thereforeLHS is not just greater or equal to RHS for all x between 0 and 1

I can go further and say that

LHS is greater than RHS for all all real x greater than 0.

so it is proven that

$$\sqrt{ \frac{2x^2 - 2x + 1}{2} } \geq \frac{1}{x + \frac{1}{x}}\qquad for \quad 0 it is also proven that \(\sqrt{ \frac{2x^2 - 2x + 1}{2} } > \frac{1}{x + \frac{1}{x}}\qquad for \quad x>0$$

Here is a pic Nov 3, 2018
edited by Melody  Nov 3, 2018
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Sorry, I know this last post is not displaying quite properly.

I suspect that is becsause it has too many elements too it and that is causing problems.

But I think it is all readable.

Melody  Nov 3, 2018
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Good job, Melody  !!!!!

I tried to work on  both sides at once, but got nowhere.....your "one side at a time " approach is way  better..... [but definitely not brief....LOL!!!! ]   CPhill  Nov 3, 2018
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Thanks Chris :)

Melody  Nov 4, 2018
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Thanks guys!!!

Nov 7, 2018