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### Reverse Triangle Inequality Proof

I've seen the full proof of the Triangle Inequality \begin{equation*} |x+y|\le|x|+|y|. \end{equation*} However, I haven't seen the proof of the reverse triangle inequality: \begin{equation*} ||x|-|...
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### The median minimizes the sum of absolute deviations

Suppose we have a set $S$ of real numbers. Show that $$\sum_{s\in S}|s-x|$$ is minimal if $x$ is equal to the median. This is a sample exam question of one of the exams that I need to take and ...
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### Proof of triangle inequality

I understand intuitively that this is true, but I'm embarrassed to say I'm having a hard time constructing a rigorous proof that $|a+b| \leq |a|+|b|$. Any help would be appreciated :)
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### Significance of $\displaystyle\sqrt[n]{a^n}$?

There is a formula given in my module: $$\sqrt[n]{a^n} = a \text{ if n is odd }$$ $$\sqrt[n]{a^n} = |a| \text{ if n is even }$$ I don't really understand the differences between them, ...
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### Show that the $\max{ \{ x,y \} }= \frac{x+y+|x-y|}{2}$.

Show that the $\max{ \{ x,y \} }= \dfrac{x+y+|x-y|}{2}$. I do not understand how to go about completing this problem or even where to start.
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### Proving square root of a square is the same as absolute value

Lets say I have a function defined as $f(x) = \sqrt {x^2}$. Common knowledge of square roots tells you to simplify to $f(x) = x$ (we'll call that $g(x)$) which may be the same problem, but it isn't ...
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### Solving $|x-2| + |x-5|=3$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How could we solve $x$, in $|x+1|-|1-x|=2$? How should I solve: $|x-2| + |x-5|=3$ Please suggest a way that I could use in other problems of this genre too Any help to ...
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### How prove this inequality: $\sum_{i,j=1}^{n}|x_{i}+x_{j}|\ge n\sum_{i=1}^{n}|x_{i}|$? [duplicate]

Let $x_{1},x_{2},\cdots,x_{n}$ be real numbers. Show that $$\sum_{i,j=1}^{n}|x_{i}+x_{j}|\ge n\sum_{i=1}^{n}|x_{i}|.$$ I think this problem may be solved using nice methods, but I can't find ...
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### General Proof for the triangle inequality

I am trying to prove: $P(n): |x_1| + \cdots + |x_n| \leq |x_1 + \cdots +x_n|$ for all natural numbers $n$. The $x_i$ are real numbers. Base: Let $n =1$: we have $|x_1| \leq |x_1|$ which is clearly ...
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### Is the absolute value function a linear function?

I'm inclined to say yes, as it doesn't involve exponentiation, roots, logarithmic or trigonometric functions, but I watched a video where the teacher said that the absolute value function is "clearly ...
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### Proving or disproving that an inequality implies another inequality.

I am wondering if $|a| > |b|$ implies $|\frac{b+b^{2}}{a+a^{2}}| < 1$, where $a$ and $b$ are real numbers. I have tested numerically with many cases and I have found this to be true in all of my ...
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### If $|ax^2+bx+c|\le 1\ \forall |x|\le 1$, then what is the maximum possible value of $\frac 83a^2+2b^2$? [closed]

Let $f(x) = ax^2 + bx + c$ ; $a,b,c\in\mathbb R$ It is given that $|f(x)| \le 1$ $\forall |x| \le 1$ Q1) The possible value of $|a+c|$, if $\displaystyle \frac{8}{3} a^2 + 2b^2$ is maximum, is ...
Possible Duplicate: Significance of $\displaystyle\sqrt[n]{a^n}$? The square root of a number squared is equal to the absolute value of that number. Why is $\sqrt{x^2} = |x|$? Why not just $x$...