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### Is there an easy way to see that this simple recurrence is 9-periodic?

In a colloquium talk yesterday, Robert Bryant pointed out that for all initial values $a_0, a_1 \in \mathbb{R}$, the sequence generated by the recurrence relation $$a_{n+1} = |a_n| - a_{n-1}$$ turns ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### When I was teaching absolute function properties, I suddenly made this question …

I was teaching absolute function properties in a K-12 class. I made this question in my mind. Suppose $f(x)$ is a one-to-one function, and its definition is $f(x)=max\left \{ x,3x\right \}=ax+b|x|+c$...
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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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### 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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### 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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### A basic inequality: $a-b\leq |a|+|b|$

Do we have the following inequality: $$a-b\leq |a|+|b|$$ I have considered $4$ cases: $a\leq0,b\leq0$ $a\leq0,b>0$ $a>0,b\leq0$ $a>0,b>0$ and see this inequality is true. However I ...
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### Absolute value and max/min function: why $a + b + |a - b|=2\max(a,b)$? [duplicate]

I am being told that $a + b + |a - b|$ is equal to $2\max(a,b)$. What is the reasoning behind this?
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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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### 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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### 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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### Verify integration of $\int\frac{\sqrt{2-x-x^2}}{x^2}dx$

This is exercise 6.25.40 from Tom Apostol's Calculus I. I would like to ask someone to verify my solution, the result I got differs from the one provided in the book. Evaluate the following integral: ...
### Basic question $|x^2| < 9$
I have a rather basic question. Let's assume that $|x^2| < 9$, where $x\in \mathbb{R}$. Then everyone knows that $x \in$ (-3,3). However, I have trouble arriving at the answer based on basic ...