# Two proofs involving Harmonic Mean

If H is the harmonic mean between $a$ and $b$,then show that $$\frac{1}{H-a}+\frac{1}{H-b} = \frac{1}{a} + \frac{1}{b}$$ and $$\frac{H+a}{H-a}+\frac{H+b}{H-b} = 2$$

I substituted $\displaystyle H = \frac{2ab}{a+b}$, then tried some algebraic manipulation, but I am not getting there.

Are they even valid? If yes, could somebody give me some ideas how to approach these?

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Your method should work. If you show your work here, we can point your error. Other possibilites are: Notice that the right-hand-side of the first equation is $2/H$. Multiply by all three denominators, subtract $2H^2$ and solve for $H$. – Phira May 13 '11 at 17:07
If you are worried about validity, you can just try some values. I put it into Excel and they appear to be. It's not a proof, but it can be a disproof. – Ross Millikan May 13 '11 at 17:14
They are not valid if $a=b$. – Aryabhata May 13 '11 at 17:23
Note what @Aryabhatta says. Whatever he says will always be useful. – user9413 May 13 '11 at 17:37

I think this should help you out. Try taking the factor $(a-b)$ common. For the next problem also again substitute the value of $H$ and try doing manipulations. Be patient, and be careful, with your calculations, you shall arrive at the result.
I have tried this far before,but I don't understand what exactly meant by taking the factor $(a-b)$ common? – Max May 13 '11 at 18:56