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Proofs of AM-GM inequality

The arithmetic - geometric mean inequality states that $$\frac{x_1+ \ldots + x_n}{n} \geq \sqrt[n]{x_1 \cdots x_n}$$ I'm looking for some original proofs of this inequality. I can find the usual ...
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$n!$ is never a perfect square if $n\geq2$. Is there a proof of this that doesn't use Chebyshev's theorem?

If $n\geq2$, then $n!$ is not a perfect square. The proof of this follows easily from Chebyshev's theorem, which states that for any positive integer $n$ there exists a prime strictly between $n$ and ...
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A limit problem $\lim\limits_{x \to 0}\frac{x\sin(\sin x) - \sin^{2}x}{x^{6}}$

This is a problem from "A Course of Pure Mathematics" by G H Hardy. Find the limit $$\lim_{x \to 0}\frac{x\sin(\sin x) - \sin^{2}x}{x^{6}}$$ I had solved it long back (solution presented in my blog ...
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On a certain basis of an order of a quadratic number field

Let $K$ be an algebraic number field of degree $n$. An order of $K$ is a subring $R$ of $K$ such that $R$ is a free $\mathbb{Z}$-module of rank $n$. Let $\alpha_1, \cdots, \alpha_n$ be a basis of $R$ ...
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$p=4n+3$ never has a Decomposition into $2$ Squares, right?

Primes of the form $p=4k+1\;$ have a unique decomposition as sum of squares $p=a^2+b^2$ with $0<a<b\;$, due to Thue's Lemma. Is it correct to say that, primes of the form $p=4n+3$, never have ...
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Characterization of positive definite matrix with principal minors

A symmetric matrix $A$ is positive definite if $x^TAx>0$ for all $x\not=0$. However, such matrices can also be characterized by the positivity of the principal minors. A statement and proof can, ...
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Is this proof that $\sqrt 2$ is irrational correct?

Suppose $\sqrt 2$ were rational. Then we would have integers $a$ and $b$ with $\sqrt 2 = \frac ab$ and $a$ and $b$ relatively prime. Since $\gcd(a,b)=1$, we have $\gcd(a^2, b^2)=1$, and the fraction ...
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Proof that a certain entire function is a polynomial

Let $n\in\mathbf{N}$ be fixed, and $f$ entire and $|f^{-1}(\left\lbrace w\right\rbrace)|\leq n$ for every $w\in\mathbf{C}$. Then $f$ is a polynomial of degree at most $n$. I try to prove this ...
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How to show that $\lfloor n/1\rfloor+\lfloor n/2 \rfloor+…+\lfloor n/n\rfloor+\lfloor{\sqrt{n}}\rfloor$ is even?

Let $n$ is a natural number. Prove that $$\left\lfloor\frac{n}{1}\right\rfloor+\left\lfloor\frac{n}{2}\right\rfloor+....+\left\lfloor\frac{n}{n}\right\rfloor+\left\lfloor{\sqrt{n}}\right\rfloor$$ ...
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Another point of view that $\mathbb{Z}/m\mathbb{Z} \times\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$ is cyclic.

I was thinking that the product of groups $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z} \times\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$ is not cyclic, but $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z} \times\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ is cyclic if p is an odd prime. ...
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What are the theorems in mathematics which can be proved using completely different ideas?

I would like to know about theorems which can give different proofs using completely different techniques. Motivation: When I read from the book Proof from the Book, I saw there were many ...
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Can $\displaystyle\lim_{h\to 0}\frac{b^h - 1}{h}$ be solved without circular reasoning?

In many places I have read that $$\lim_{h\to 0}\frac{b^h - 1}{h}$$ is by definition $\ln(b)$. Does that mean that this is unsolvable without using that fact or a related/derived one? I can of course ...
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Proving $\sum_{k=1}^n k\cdot k! = (n+1)!-1$ without using mathematical Induction. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Summation of a factorial This equation is given: $$ 1\cdot1! + 2\cdot2! + 3\cdot3! + \ldots + n\cdot n! = (n+1)! - 1 $$ I've solved it using mathematical induction but ...
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Canonical basis of an ideal of a quadratic order

Let $K$ be a quadratic number field. Let $R$ be an order of $K$, $D$ its discriminant. I am interested in the ideal theory on $R$ because it is closely related to the theory of binary quadratic forms ...
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Direct aproach to the Closed Graph Theorem

In the context of Banach spaces, the Closed Graph Theorem and the Open Mapping Theorem are equivalent. It seems that usually one proves the Open Mapping Theorem using the Baire Category Theorem, and ...
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Is there an idempotent element in a finite semigroup?

Let $(G,\cdot)$ be a finite semigroup. Is there any $a\in G$ such that: $$a^2=a$$ It seems to be true in view of theorem 2.2.1 page 97 of this book (I'm not sure). But is there an elementary proof? ...
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Condition for $a, b + \omega$ to be the canonical basis of an ideal of a quadratic order

Let $K$ be a quadratic number field. Let $R$ be an order of $K$, $D$ its discriminant. By this question, $1, \omega = \frac{(D + \sqrt D)}{2}$ is a basis of $R$ as a $\mathbb{Z}$-module. Let $I$ be a ...
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The equation $x^3 + y^3 = z^3$ has no integer solutions - A short proof

Can someone provide the proof of the special case of Fermat's Last Theorem for $n=3$, i.e., that $$ x^3 + y^3 = z^3, $$ has no positive integer solutions, as briefly as possible? I have seen some ...
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How to prove $3^\pi>\pi^3$ using algebra or geometry?

It's a question of a some time ago test, I've found a way to solve the problem using calculus, but always I've thought that exist a solution with algebra and geometry. Thank you for your time.
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Fascinating induction problem with numerous interpretations

Problem: Suppose you begin with a pile of $n$ stones and split this pile into $n$ piles of one stone each by successively splitting a pile of stones into two smaller piles. Each time you split a pile, ...
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Characterize the natural numbers $n$ such that there is a surjective group homomorphism from $S_n$ to $S_{n-1}$.

This has always been one of my most favorite exercises from Group Theory, and I was surprised to see that this hasn't been asked before. To repeat: Characterize the natural numbers $n$ such that ...
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Proof that $\frac{2}{3} < \log(2) < \frac{7}{10}$

Positive integrals $$\int_{0}^{1}\frac{2x(1-x)^2}{1+x^2}dx=\pi-3$$ and $$\int_0^1\frac{x^4(1-x)^4}{1+x^2}dx=\frac{22}{7}-\pi $$ (http://math.stackexchange.com/a/1618454/134791) prove that ...
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Axiom of Choice and Right Inverse

I read an Theorem that states: Let $A$ and $B$ be non-empty sets, and let $f:A \to B$ be a function, then the function $f$ has a right inverse if and only if $f$ is surjective. The Theorem ...
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Criterion on whether a given ideal of a quadratic order is regular or not

Let $K$ be an algebraic number field of degree $n$. Let $\mathcal{O}_K$ be the ring of algebraic integers. Let $R$ be an order of $K$, i.e. a subring of $K$ which is a free $\mathbb{Z}$-module of rank ...
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What is the most unusual proof you know that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational?

What is the most unusual proof you know that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational? Here is my favorite: Theorem: $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational. Proof: $3^2-2\cdot 2^2 = 1$. (That's it) That is a ...
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Proofs that every natural number is a sum of four squares.

I am planning to write a little note detailing several proofs of Lagrange's theorem that every natural number can be written as the sum of four perfect squares. I know of three different proofs so ...
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Alternative proofs that $A_5$ is simple

What different ways are there to prove that the group $A_5$ is simple? I've collected these so far: By directly working with the cycles: page 483 of ...
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Proving $\sum_{k=1}^n{k^2}=\frac{n(n+1)(2n+1)}{6}$ without induction [duplicate]

I was looking at: $$\sum_{k=1}^n{k^2}=\frac{n(n+1)(2n+1)}{6}$$ It's pretty easy proving the above using induction, but I was wondering what is the actual way of getting this equation?
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How is Leibniz's rule for the derivative of a product related to the binomial formula? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Binomial theorem”-like identities The binomial formula describes the expansion of the $n$th power of the sum $(a+b)$: $$(a+b)^n = \sum_{k = 0}^n {n\choose ...
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for $1<p<2$, prove the p-series is convergent without concerned with integral and differential knowledge and geometry series

for $1<p<2$, prove the p-series: $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}n^{-p}$ is convergent. please use Cauchy Rule (edit: that is, by showing directly that the sequence of partial sums is a Cauchy sequence) ...
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Excessive use of the Yoneda lemma

In a MathOverflow thread on "nuking mosquitos", Andrej Bauer offered the following proof: If two elements in a poset have the same lower bounds then they are equal by Yoneda lemma. I understand ...
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$X$ compact Hausdorff space, characterize the maximal ideals of $C(X)$

I know this question has been asked before, but I think I'm very close to a new solution and wanted to know if it is a viable approach. Let $C(X)$ be the ring of continuous functions $X \rightarrow ...
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Using inequalities and limits

Is it possible to say: $$ If \ f(x) \ and \ g(x) \ both \ have \ limits \ as \ x\to p\ and \ f(x) \le g(x), \ then \lim_{x \to p} f(x)\le \lim_{x \to p} g(x). $$ My proof(Edit: Proof is wrong due to ...
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Pólya and Szegő, Part I, Ch. 4, 174.

The following is a problem proposed in Pólya and Szegő's book "Problems and Theorems in Analysis" Assume that $0<f(x)<x$ and $$f(x)=x-ax^k+bx^\ell+x^\ell \varepsilon(x),\,\;\;\;\lim_{x\to ...
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square root of 2 irrational - alternative proof

I have found the following alternative proof online. It looks amazingly elegant but I wonder if it is correct. I mean: should it not state that $(\sqrt{2}-1)\cdot k \in \mathbb{N}$ to be able to ...
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Why Not Define $0/0$ To Be $0$?

For every number $x$, $x\times 0=0$, hence $\dfrac{0}{0}$ can be any number! So $\dfrac{0}{0}$ "is knows as indeterminate" [1]. But what if we define it to be $0$? I already have an answer, but ...
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Prove that a continuous function on a closed interval attains a maximum

As the title indicates, I'd like to prove the following: If $f:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$ is a continuous function on $[a,b]$, then $f$ attains its maximum. Now, I do have a working proof: $[a,b]$ ...
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Visual proof of $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^4} = \frac{\pi^4}{90}$?

In his gorgeous paper "How to compute $\sum \frac{1}{n^2}$ by solving triangles", Mikael Passare offers this idea for proving $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^2} = \frac{\pi^2}{6}$: Proof of equality ...
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Polygons with equal area and perimeter but different number of sides?

Let's say we have two polygons with different numbers of sides. They can be any sort of shape, but they have to have the same area, and perimeter. There could be such possibilities, but can someone ...
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A proof of Wolstenholme's theorem

This was inspired by this question. I tried to use the identity $${2n \choose n}=\sum_{k=0}^n {n \choose k}^2$$ (see this question) to prove that $$\binom{2p}p\equiv2\pmod{p^3}$$ if $p\gt3$ is ...
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A Geometric Proof of $\zeta(2)=\frac{\pi^2}6$? (and other integer inputs for the Zeta)

Is there a known geometric proof for this famous problem? $$\zeta(2)=\sum_{n=1}^\infty n^{-2}=\frac16\pi^2$$ Moreover we can consider possibilities of geometric proofs of the following identity for ...
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Insightful proofs for Sherman-Morrison Formula and Matrix Determinant Lemma

There are two statement about a matrix under rank-one updates that I would be grateful if you give me some insightful proofs. Suppose $A$ be a nonsingular $n \times n$ matrix and ...
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Finding $\int \frac{dx}{a+b \cos x}$ without Weierstrass substitution.

I saw somewhere on Math Stack that there was a way of finding integrals in the form $$\int \frac{dx}{a+b \cos x}$$ without using Weierstrass substitution, which is the usual technique. When $a,b=1$ ...
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Prove $(x+r_1) \cdots (x+r_n) \geq (x+(r_1 \cdots r_n)^{1/n})^{n}$.

I can show that for $x > 0$ and $r_{i} > 0$ we have $$ \left(\, x + r_{1}\,\right)\ldots\left(\, x + r_{n}\,\right)\ \geq\ \left[\, x + \left(\, r_{1}\ldots r_{n}\,\right)^{1/n}\,\right]^{n}.$$ ...
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Is there a proof of the irrationality of $\sqrt{2}$ that involves modular arithmetic?

I was reading Ian Stewart's Concepts of Modern Mathematics. Using congruences, It's possible to explain why all perfect squares end in $0,1,4,5,6,9$ but not in $2,3,7,8$. With this I had the ...
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Identity concerning complete elliptic integrals

It can be easily checked that both the complete elliptic integrals $K(k), K'(k)$ satisfy the same second order differential equation $$kk'^{2}\frac{d^{2}y}{dk^{2}} + (1 - 3k^{2})\frac{dy}{dk} - ky = ...
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All $k$-regular subgraphs of $K_{n,n}$ have a perfect matching: a proof without Hall's Marriage Theorem?

There are several ways of describing this result: Theorem: For $k \in \{1,2,\ldots,n\}$, any $k$-regular subgraph of $K_{n,n}$ has a perfect matching (also known as a $1$-factor). I tend to ...
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Prove that $x-1$ is a factor of $x^n-1$

Prove that $x-1$ is a factor of $x^n-1$. My problem: I already proved it by factor theorem† and by simply dividing them. I need another approach to prove it. Is there any other third ...
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If $n$ is squarefree, $k\ge 2$, then $\exists f\in\Bbb Z[x_1,\dots,x_k] : f(\overline x)\equiv 0\pmod n\iff \overline x\equiv \overline 0\pmod n$

Starting from this question, we set $n=k=2$ and use the function $f\in\Bbb Z[x,y]$ where $f(x,y)=x\cdot y+x+y$, then the proofs applied to that question satisfy this case. Note that for $k=1$ the ...
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$\sum_{k=1}^nH_k = (n+1)H_n-n$. Why?

This is motivated by my answer to this question. The Wikipedia entry on harmonic numbers gives the following identity: $$ \sum_{k=1}^nH_k=(n+1)H_n-n $$ Why is this? Note that I don't just ...