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How find this inequality $\max{\left(\min{\left(|a-b|,|b-c|,|c-d|,|d-e|,|e-a|\right)}\right)}$

let $a,b,c,d,e\in R$,and such $$a^2+b^2+c^2+d^2+e^2=1$$ find this value $$A=\max{\left(\min{\left(|a-b|,|b-c|,|c-d|,|d-e|,|e-a|\right)}\right)}$$ I use computer have this $$A=\dfrac{2}{\sqrt{10}}$$ ...
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Show that the $\max{ \{ x,y \} }= \dfrac{x+y+|x-y|}{2}$.

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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Finding all solutions to the equation $|||||x|-1|-1|-1|-1|=0$

I was presented this question by a student I was tutoring: Suppose $x \in \mathbb{R}$. Find all solutions of the equation $$|||||x|-1|-1|-1|-1|=0.$$ What I explained to the student: Given ...
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what does $|x-2| < 1$ mean?

I am studying some inequality properties of absolute values and I bumped into some expressions like $|x-2| < 1$ that I just can't get the meaning of them. Lets say I have this expression $$ ...
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How to calculate with absolute value.

Calculate:$$\frac{ \left| x \right| }{2}= \frac{1}{x^2+1}$$ How do I write the whole process so it will be correct? I need some suggestions. Thank you!
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Is -5 bigger than -1?

In everyday language people often mix up "less than" and "smaller than" and in most situations it doesn't matter but when dealing with negative numbers this can lead to confusion. I am a mathematics ...
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How to determine all valuations of the field $\mathbb{Q(\sqrt[n]{2})}$?

This is an exercise from the book Algebraic Number Theory by Jurgen Neukirch, on page 166. And, after solving several previous exercises, I found this to be particularly difficult to solve. I am ...
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What's wrong with solving absolute value equations in this way?

Say I have $3x-2 = |x|$. Why can't I just do this: $3x - 2 = -x$ and $3x - 2 = x$ and then get two values for $x$: $1$ and $0.5$? I know the answer $0.5$ doesn't work if you plug this in. However, I ...
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How does one DERIVE the formula for the maximum of two numbers

I want to derive (not prove that this is true) the formula $\max (x,y) = \dfrac{x + y + |y-x|}{2}$ I was reading a proof (which they have the result ahead of time already) that we do cases and then ...
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Inequality for absolute values

How do you show either of the equivalent inequalities: $$2(|a|+|b|+|c|)\leq |a+b+c|+|a+b-c|+|a-b+c|+|a-b-c|$$ or $$|x+y|+|x+z|+|y+z|\leq |x|+|y|+|z|+|x+y+z|$$ Hold for complex numbers or in $n$ ...
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Maximum of the difference

What is the maximum value of $f(… f(f(f(x_{1} – x_{2}) – x_{3})-x_{4}) … – x_{2012})$ where $x_{1}, x_{2}, … , x_{2012}$ are distinct integers in the set ${1, 2, 3, …, 2012}$ and $f$ is the absolute ...
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why minimum of these functions happen at a special place?

why minimum of these functions happen at a special place? how to use derivative to find the minimum of these functions? $$|x-1| + |x-2| + \dots + |x-9|$$ minimum is for $x = 5$ $$|x-1| + |x-2| + \dots ...
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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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How would I prove $|x + y| \le |x| + |y|$?

How would I write a detailed structured proof for: for all real numbers $x$ and $y$, $|x + y| \le |x| + |y|$ I'm planning on breaking it up into four cases, where both $x,y < 0$, $x \ge 0$ ...
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Inequality with two absolute values

I'm new here, and I was wondering if any of you could help me out with this little problem that is already getting on my nerves since I've been trying to solve it for hours. Studying for my next ...
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Question regarding usage of absolute value within natural log in solution of differential equation

The problem from the book. $\dfrac{\mathrm{d}y}{\mathrm{d}x} = 6 -y$ I understand the solution till this part. $\ln \vert 6 - y \vert = x + C$ The solution in the book is $6 - Ce^{-x}$ ...
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How to find $\int|\cos x|\,dx$?

How do I find closed form for $\int|\cos x|\,dx$ for all real $x$? It can be expressed as incomplete elliptic integral of the second kind: $$\int|\cos x|\,dx=\int\sqrt{1-1^2\sin^2x}\,dx=E(x,1)$$ ...
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How to use triangle inequality to establish Reverse triangle inequality

I need to use $|a+b| \leq |a|+|b|$ to show that $||a|-|b|| \leq |a-b|$. I have tried to represent $||a|-|b||$ as $||a|+(-|b|)|$, and then get $||a|+(-|b|)| \leq |a|+|-|b||$, but that isn't leading ...
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Sum of two absolute values in complex plane

I'm trying to find out all $z \in C$ that satisfy the following condition: $|z+1|+|z-i|=3$ I understand that $|z|=r$ represents a circle with a radius of $r$. I also understand that $|z+1|=r$ can ...
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Evaluating the following integral: $ \int \frac{x^2}{\sqrt{x^2 - 1}} \text{ d}x$

For this indefinite integral, I decided to use the substitution $x = \cosh u$ and I've ended up with a $| \sinh u |$ term in the denominator which I'm unsure about dealing with: $$\int ...
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An absolute value problem

Let $a$ and $b$ in $\mathbb{R}$ 1) Show that $||a|-|b||\leq|a+b|\leq|a|+|b|$. 2) Prove that the one or the other of the two inequalities is an equality. It's fine whit the 1st question but i can't ...
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Prove variant of triangle inequality containing p-th power for 0 < p < 1

Sorry if this is a trivial question, but I am kind of stuck with proving the following inequality and have been searching for a while: $\rho \left( \sum\limits_i^n d_i \right) \leq \sum\limits_i^n ...
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Solving equation with absolute value signs

Can someone see why there is only get one solution when solving following equation in this way: The equation $|x+1|+|2x-3|=|x-5| $ $$|x+1|+|2x-3|=|x-5| $$ $$\pm (x+1) \pm(2x-3)=\pm(x-5)$$ $$\pm x ...
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Why is the absolute value needed with the scaling property of fourier tranforms?

I understand how to prove the scaling property of Fourier Transforms, except the use of the absolute value: If I transform $f(at)$ then I get $F\{f(at)\}(w) = \int f(at) e^{-jwt} dt$ where I can ...
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Maximum value problem

A function $\hspace{0.1cm}$$f:[0,1]\to[-1,1]$$\hspace{0.1cm}$ satisfying$\hspace{0.1cm}$ $|f(x)|\leq x$$\hspace{0.1cm}$ $\forall x\in[0,1]$. Then find the maximum value of: ...
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Absolute values in $\int \frac{dx}{(x+2)\sqrt{(x+1)(x+3)}}$

in my math class we were given a list of indefinite integrals, and one of them was: $$\int \frac{dx}{(x+2)\sqrt{(x+1)(x+3)}}$$ My working: $$\int \frac{dx}{(x+2)\sqrt{(x+1)(x+3)}}=\int ...
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Prove $||a| - |b|| \leq |a - b|$ [duplicate]

I'm trying to prove that $||a| - |b|| \leq |a - b|$. So far, by using the triangle inequality, I've got: $$|a| = |\left(a - b\right) + b| \leq |a - b| + |b|$$ Subtracting $|b|$ from both sides yields, ...
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Is there a lower-bound version of the triangle inequality for more than two terms?

The triangle inequality $|x+y|\leq|x|+|y|$ can be generalized by induction to $$|x_1+\ldots+ x_n|\leq|x_1|+\ldots+|x_n|.$$ Can we generalize the version $|x+y|\geq||x|-|y||$ to $n$ terms too? I need ...
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Derivatives of functions involving absolute value

I noticed that if the absolute value definition $\lvert{x}\rvert=\sqrt{x^2}$ is used then we can get derivatives of functions with absolute value, without having to redefine them as piece-wise. For ...
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Ring of integers in a field of fractions

Let $R$ be ring with complete non archimedian absolute value. Let $Q$ be the associated field of fractions with the extended absolute value. Does the ring $O_Q = \{x\in Q | |x|\leq 1\}$ is complete ...
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Prove:$|x-1|+|x-2|+|x-3|+\cdots+|x-n|\geq n-1$

Prove:$|x-1|+|x-2|+|x-3|+\cdots+|x-n|\geq n-1$ example1: $|x-1|+|x-2|\geq 1$ my solution:(substitution) $x-1=t,x-2=t-1,|t|+|t-1|\geq 1,|t-1|\geq 1-|t|,$ square, $t^2-2t+1\geq ...
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How do we know that $|i!| = \sqrt{\pi \operatorname{csch} \pi}$?

(Source: Wolfram Alpha) Or, to write it out in full, $$|i!| = \sqrt{\frac{2\pi e^\pi}{e^{2\pi} - 1}}$$ How is this identity derived? Also, knowing this, could we find the exact values for the real ...
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integral from 0 to $2\pi$ of $|\cos x|\operatorname{d}x$ not integrating as I'd expect

I drew a rough sketch of $|\cos x|$ and would guess the correct answer to this integral is $4$ because I know the area under the curve of $\cos x$ from $0$ to $\pi/2$ is $1$, and there are $4$ such ...
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Is it always true? $\left|A-B\right| \le \left|A\right| + \left|B\right|$

Is it always right to claim that: $$\left|A - B\right| \le \left|A\right| + \left|B\right|$$ where $A, B \in \mathbb{R}$ ?
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Is there an alternate definition for $\{ z \in \mathbb{C} \colon \vert z \vert \leq 1 \} $.

Is there a method of constructing a subset of a reasonably arbitrary ring so that when the construction is applied the $\mathbb{C}$ the result is $B = \{ z \in \mathbb{C} \colon |z| \leq 1 \} $? My ...
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Why isn't this square root $+$ or $-$?

I was tasked with proving the identity $\tan(\frac x 2) = \dfrac {\sin(x)}{1+\cos(x)}$ I used the quotient identity for tangent and the half angle identities for sine and cosine to get $ \pm \dfrac ...
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Let $x$ be in the set of real numbers $\mathbb{R}$ and let $f(x)=|2x-1|-3|2x+4|+7$ be a function, write $f(x)$ without the absolute value.

Let $x$ be in the set of real numbers $\mathbb{R}$ and let $f(x)=|2x-1|-3|2x+4|+7$ be a function, write $f(x)$ without the absolute value. I thought of it this way: $$f(x)=\begin{cases}2x-1-3(2x+4)+7 ...
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Proving two integral inequalities

Can anyone help me to prove that these integral inequalities hold? Here $x$ is a real value: $$ \left| \int_a^b\ f(x) dx \right| \leq \int_a^b\ |f(x)| dx $$ Here $z$ is a complex value: $$ \left| ...
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Proof for Integral Inequality $|\int f| \le \int |f|$ - is it sufficient enough?

Claim: If f is integrable, $\left|\int_a^bf(x)dx\right|\le\int_a^b|f(x)|dx$ Proof (attempt): We know $-|f|\le f \le|f|$, so $\int-|f| \le \int f \le \int|f|$.* Since, if $-b<a<b$, we say ...
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Integral of an absolute value function

How do I find the definite integral of an absolute value function? For instance: $f(x) = |-2x^3 + 24x|$ from $x=1$ to $x=4$
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How is it, that $\sqrt{x^2}$ is not $ x$, but $|x|$?

As far as I see, $\sqrt{x^2}$ is not $x$, but $|x|$, meaning the "absolute". I totally get this, because $x^2$ is positive, if $x$ is negative, so $\sqrt{y}$, whether $y = 10^2$ or $y = -10^2$: $y$ is ...
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Does the triangle inequality follow from the rest of the properties of a subfield-valued absolute value?

(This is a much more specific version of my earlier question from over a year ago.) Let $F$ be a field, let $E$ be an ordered subfield of $F$, and let $\;\; |\hspace{-0.03 in}\cdot\hspace{-0.03 in}| ...
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Spivak Calculus 3rd ed. $|a + b| \leq |a| + |b|$

I'm working through the first chapter of Michael Spivak's Calculus 3rd ed. Towards the end of the chapter he proves $ |a + b| ≤ |a| + |b| $ using the observation that $|a|= \sqrt{ a^2 }$ when $a$ ...
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Calculating the best match between two sets

I’m a PHP developer and I have a problem calculating the perfect match between two different data sets. I have data sets from companies, where each company defines the requirements for a specific ...
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Piecewise linear function and absolute value

While writing a solution to homeworks for my students, I had to write the function $$f(x)=\left\{\begin{array}{ll} \frac{x+2}{2}, & x\leqslant -4\\ \frac{x}{4}, & -4\leqslant x\leqslant 4 \\ ...
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Show that if $a,b \in \Bbb R$ then [duplicate]

$\max\{a,b\} = \frac12(a+b+|a-b|)$ and $\min\{a,b\} = \frac12(a+b-|a-b|)$ how would you go about solving this? I started with suppose $a \leq b$ Also, show min{a,b,c} = min{min{a,b},c}. How would ...
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intersection of two graph

i would like to clarify some questions from GRE,which at first seems a little difficult to understand,suppose that we have some function $f(x)=|2*x|+4$ and graph of this function is given ...
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How to solve a convoluted absolute value inequality?

$$ \lvert \lvert x-2\rvert -3\rvert \lt 5 $$ How can I attack this the best way? I see that both sides are positive. Squaring yields: $$ \lvert x-2\rvert ^2 -6 \lvert x-2\rvert +9\lt 25 $$ $$ ...
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Show that $|z+1|\le|z+1|^2 +|z|$ for all $z \in \mathbb{C}$

Question: Show that $|z+1|\le|z+1|^2 +|z|$ for all $z \in \mathbb{C}$ So far I have, Suppose $1\le|z+1|$ $|z+1|\le|z+1|^2$ $|z+1|\le|z+1|^2+|z|$ Now I must show $|z+1|<1$ but this is where ...
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Is $\sqrt{x^2}=|x|$ or $=x$? Isn't $(x^2)^\frac12=x?$ [duplicate]

$|x|=\sqrt{x^2}$ as Wolfram|Alpha shows. But, as $(x^2)^\frac12=x$, I can't understand where am I wrong interpreting Square-root.