Questions on proving, manipulating and applying inequalities.

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How prove this matrix inequality $\det\left(6(A^3+B^3+C^3)+I_{n}\right)\ge 5^n\det(A^2+B^2+C^2)$?

Question: let matrices $A,B,C\in M_{n}(C)$ be Hermitian and Positive definite matrices, such that:$$A+B+C=I_{n}$$ Show that: $$\det\left(6(A^3+B^3+C^3)+I_{n}\right)\ge 5^n\det(A^2+B^2+C^2)$$ ...
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Prove $\left(\dfrac{2}{5}\right)^{\frac{2}{5}}<\ln{2}$

Inadvertently, I find this interesting inequality,But this problem have nice solution? prove that $$\ln{2}>(\dfrac{2}{5})^{\frac{2}{5}}$$ This problem have nice solution? Thank you. ago,I find ...
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How can one prove that $e<\pi$?

This question is inspired by another one, asking to prove that something approximately equal to $1.2$ is bigger than something approximately equal to $0.9$. The numerical answer to this question was ...
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What is Cauchy Schwarz in 8th grade terms?

I'm an 8th grader. After browsing aops.com, a math contest website, I've seen a lot of problems solved by Cauchy Schwarz. I'm only in geometry (have not started learning trigonometry yet). So can ...
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Fastest way to check if $x^y > y^x$?

What is the fastest way to check if $x^y > y^x$ if I were writing a computer program to do that? The issue is that $x$ and $y$ can be very large.
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How prove this inequality $\sin{\sin{\sin{\sin{x}}}}\le\frac{4}{5}\cos{\cos{\cos{\cos{x}}}}$

Nice Question: let $x\in [0,2\pi]$, show that: $$\sin{\sin{\sin{\sin{x}}}}\le\dfrac{4}{5}\cos{\cos{\cos{\cos{x}}}}?$$ I know this follow famous problem(1995 Russia Mathematical olympiad) ...
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Comparing $\pi^{e}$ and $e^{\pi}$

How can I calculate without calculator or something like this the values of $\pi^{e}$ and $e^{\pi}$ in order to compare them ?
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Simplest or nicest proof that $1+x \le e^x$

The elementary but very useful inequality that $1+x \le e^x$ for all real $x$ has a number of different proofs, some of which can be found online. But is there a particularly slick, intuitive or ...
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AM-GM-HM Triplets

I want to understand what values can be simultaneously attained as the arithmetic (AM), geometric (GM), and harmonic (HM) means of finite sequences of positive real numbers. Precisely, for what points ...
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Inequality from Chapter 5 of the book *How to Think Like a Mathematician*

This is from the book How to think like a Mathematician, How can I prove the inequality $$\sqrt[\large 7]{7!} < \sqrt[\large 8]{8!}$$ without complicated calculus? I tried and finally obtained ...
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Possible distinct positive real $x,y,z \neq 1$ with $x^{(y^z)} = y^{(z^x)} = z^{(x^y)}$ in cyclic permutation?

Can we have distinct positive real $x,y,z \neq 1$ with $$ x^{\left( y^z \right)} = y^{\left( z^x \right)} = z^{\left( x^y \right)} $$ in cyclic permutation? It does not work well if any ...
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Which of the numbers $1, 2^{1/2}, 3^{1/3}, 4^{1/4}, 5^{1/5}, 6^{1/6} , 7^{1/7}$ is largest, and how to find out without calculator?

$1, 2^{1/2}, 3^{1/3}, 4^{1/4}, 5^{1/5}, 6^{1/6} , 7^{1/7}$. I got this question in an Application of Derivatives test. I think log might be used here to compare the values, but even then the values ...
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Much less than, what does that mean?

What exactly does $\ll$ mean? I am familiar that this symbol means much less than. ...but what exactly does "much less than" mean? (Or the corollary, $\gg$) On Wikipedia, the example they use is ...
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Inequality: $(a^3+a+1)(b^3+b+1)(c^3+c+1) \leq 27$

Let be $a,b,c \geq 0$ such that: $a^2+b^2+c^2=3$. Prove that: $$(a^3+a+1)(b^3+b+1)(c^3+c+1) \leq 27.$$ I try to apply $GM \leq AM$ for $x=a^3+a+1$, $y=b^3+b+1,z=c^3+c+1$ and $$\displaystyle ...
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A generalization of IMO 1983 problem 6

Note: This question has a bounty that will expire in just a few days. Let $a,b,c$ and $d$ be the lengths of the sides of a quadrilateral. Show that $$ab^2(b-c)+bc^2(c-d)+cd^2(d-a)+da^2(a-b)\ge 0$$ ...
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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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Prove this inequality with $xyz\le 1$

if $x,y,z>0$ and $\color{red}{xyz\le 1}$, show that $$\color{blue}{\dfrac{x^2-x+1}{x^2+y^2+1}+\dfrac{y^2-y+1}{y^2+z^2+1} +\dfrac{z^2-z+1}{z^2+x^2+1}\ge 1}$$
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Stronger version of AMM problem 11145 (April 2005)?

How to show that for $a_1,a_2,\cdots,a_n >0$ real numbers and for $n \ge 3$: ...
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Inequality for expected value

A colleague popped into my office this afternoon and asked me the following question. He told me there is a clever proof when $n=2$. I couldn't do anything with it, so I thought I'd post it here and ...
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Proving that $e^{\pi}-{\pi}^e\lt 1$ without using a calculator

Prove that $e^{\pi}-{\pi}^e\lt 1$ without using a calculator. I did in the following way. Are there other ways? Proof : Let $f(x)=e\pi\frac{\ln x}{x}$. Then, ...
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Which one is bigger: $\;35{,}043 × 25{,}430\,$ or $\,35{,}430 × 25{,}043\;$?

Which of the two quantities is greater? Quantity A: $\;\;35{,}043 × 25{,}430$ Quantity B: $\;\;35{,}430 × 25{,}043$ What is the best and quickest way to get the answer without using ...
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A proof of the Isoperimetric Inequality - how does it work?

Here is a nice proof of the isoperimetric inequality (equality part ommited): Isoperimetric Inequality If $\gamma$ is any simple closed piecewise $C^1$ curve of length $l$, with it's interior having ...
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Which is bigger: $9^{9^{9^{9^{9^{9^{9^{9^{9^{9}}}}}}}}}$ or $9!!!!!!!!!$?

In my classes I sometimes have a contest concerning who can write the largest number in ten symbols. It almost never comes up, but I'm torn between two "best" answers: a stack of ten 9's (exponents) ...
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If both $a,b>0$, then $a^ab^b \ge a^bb^a$

Prove that $a^a \ b^b \ge a^b \ b^a$, if both $a$ and $b$ are positive.
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A combinatorial proof of $n^n(n+2)^{n+1}>(n+1)^{2n+1}$?

The statement is simply that the sequence $\left(1+\frac{1}{n}\right)^n$ is increasing. Since the numbers $n^m$ have quite natural combinatorial interpretations, it makes me wonder if a ...
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Proving the inequality $\frac{\log (1)}{1!}+\frac{\log ^2(2)}{2!}+\frac{\log^3(3)}{3!}+\cdots> \frac{\pi }{4}$

How to prove this inequality? $$\frac{\log (1)}{1!}+\frac{\log ^2(2)}{2!}+\frac{\log^3(3)}{3!}+\cdots> \frac{\pi }{4}$$ The left side looks vaguely like the series for $\exp(x)$: the terms ...
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A sub-additivity inequality

In trying to understand a result of D. Rider (Trans. AMS, 1973) I've got stuck on a lemma that he uses. At one point he makes a step without comment or explanation, but I can't see why it works. Here ...
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What is the larger of the two numbers?

What is the larger of the two numbers? $$\sqrt{2}^{\sqrt{3}} \mbox{ or } \sqrt{3}^{\sqrt{2}}\, \, \; ?$$ I solved this, and I think that is an interesting elementary problem. I want different points ...
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Prove that $a\sqrt{a^2+bc}+b\sqrt{b^2+ac}+c\sqrt{c^2+ab}\geq\sqrt{2(a^2+b^2+c^2)(ab+ac+bc)}$

Let $a$, $b$ and $c$ be non-negative numbers. Prove that: $$a\sqrt{a^2+bc}+b\sqrt{b^2+ac}+c\sqrt{c^2+ab}\geq\sqrt{2(a^2+b^2+c^2)(ab+ac+bc)}.$$ I have a proof, but my proof is very ugly: it's ...
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Which is bigger: $(\pi+1)^{\pi+1}$ or $\pi^{\pi+2}$?

I've been struggling for a while with the following problem: Which is bigger: $(\pi+1)^{\pi+1}$ or $\pi^{\pi+2}$? Needless to say software aid is not allowed. All manual calculations should be ...
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How prove this geometry inequality $R_1^4+R_2^4+R_3^4+R_4^4+R_5^4\geq {4\over 5\sin^2 108^\circ}S^2$

Zhautykov Olympiad 2015 problem 6 This links discusses the olympiad problem which none of students could solve , meaning it is very hard. Question: The area of a convex pentagon $ABCDE$ is $S$, ...
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How to prove this inequality? $\frac{x^2}{y}+\frac{y^2}{z}+\frac{z^2}{x}\ge 4+(x-y)^2$

Let $x,y,z>0$, and such $$4\le x+y+z\le 5.$$ Show that $$\dfrac{x^2}{y}+\dfrac{y^2}{z}+\dfrac{z^2}{x}\ge 4+(x-y)^2.$$ It seems that the condition $\dfrac{x^2}{y}+\dfrac{y^2}{z}+\dfrac{z^2}{x}\ge ...
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Random Variable Inequality

Doing a little reading over the break (The Probabilistic Method by Alon and Spencer); can't come up with the solution for this seemingly simple (and perhaps even a little surprising?) result: (A-S ...
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How can I prove that $xy\leq x^2+y^2$?

How can I prove that $xy\leq x^2+y^2$ for all $x,y\in\mathbb{R}$ ?
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An inequality: $1+\frac1{2^2}+\frac1{3^2}+\dotsb+\frac1{n^2}\lt\frac53$

$n$ is a positive integer, then $$1+\frac1{2^2}+\frac1{3^2}+\dotsb+\frac1{n^2}\lt\frac53.$$ please don't refer to the famous $1+\frac1{2^2}+\frac1{3^2}+\dotsb=\frac{\pi^2}6$. I want to find a ...
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Proving : $ \bigl(1+\frac{1}{n+1}\bigr)^{n+1} \gt (1+\frac{1}{n})^{n} $

How could we prove that this inequality holds $$ \left(1+\frac{1}{n+1}\right)^{n+1} \gt \left(1+\frac{1}{n} \right)^{n} $$ where $n \in \mathbb{N}$, I think we could use the AM-GM inequality ...
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$m!n! < (m+n)!$ Proof?

Prove that if $m$ and $n$ are positive integers then $m!n! < (m+n)!$ Given hint: $m!= 1\times 2\times 3\times\cdots\times m$ and $1<m+1, 2<m+2, \ldots , n<m+n$ It looks simple but ...
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Purely “algebraic” proof of Young's Inequality

Young's inequality states that if $a, b \geq 0$, $p, q > 0$, and $\frac{1}{p} + \frac{1}{q} = 1$, then $$ab\leq \frac{a^p}{p} + \frac{b^q}{q}$$ (with equality only when $a^p = b^q$). Back when I ...
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Prove that $\sqrt{7}^{\sqrt{8}}>\sqrt{8}^{\sqrt{7}}$

show that $$\sqrt{7}^{\sqrt{8}}>\sqrt{8}^{\sqrt{7}}$$ and I found $$LHs-RHS=0.017\cdots$$ I have post this interesting problem Prove $(\dfrac{2}{5})^{\frac{2}{5}}<\ln{2}$ can someone suggest ...
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Prove that $2^{2^{\sqrt3}}>10$

With a computer or calculator, it is easy to show that $$ 2^{2^\sqrt{3}} = 10.000478 \ldots > 10. $$ How can we prove that $2^{2^{\sqrt3}}>10$ without a calculator?
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How to prove this inequality(7)?

let $x,y,z\in\mathbb{R}$, prove that $$4(x^6+y^6+z^6)+5(x^5y+y^5z+z^5x)\ge\dfrac{(x+y+z)^6}{27}$$ I do this sometimes, and I think this problem,is very hard,I hope someone can solve.Thank you By ...
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Elegant Proof of a simple inequality

I'm looking for an elegant proof of the following identity: for $w_1,w_2,z_1,z_2\ge 0$, $w_1w_2+z_1z_2\le \max\{z_1,w_1\}\max\{z_2,w_2\}+\min\{z_1,w_1\}\min\{z_2,w_2\}$ The proof I currently have ...
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Is $\pi$ the best constant in this inequality?

Let $E$ be the set of completely monotonous functions on $[0,+\infty)$, that is $f \in C^\infty([0,+\infty))$ and $\forall\, n\geq 0,\forall\, x\geq 0,\quad(-1)^nf^{(n)}(x)\geq 0.$. For $f\in E$ and ...
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Computing the best constant in classical Hardy's inequality

Classical Hardy's inequality (cfr. Hardy-Littlewood-Polya Inequalities, Theorem 327) If $p>1$, $f(x) \ge 0$ and $F(x)=\int_0^xf(y)\, dy$ then $$\tag{H} \int_0^\infty ...
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Which is greater, $98^{99} $ or $ 99^{98}$? [duplicate]

Which is greater, $98^{99} $ or $ 99^{98}$? What is the easiest method to do this which can be explained to someone in junior school i.e. without using log tables. I don't think there is an ...
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A (probably trivial) induction problem: $\sum_2^nk^{-2}\lt1$

So I'm a bit stuck on the following problem I'm attempting to solve. Essentially, I'm required to prove that $\frac{1}{2^2}+\frac{1}{3^2}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n^2} < 1$ for all $n$. I've been toiling ...
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How prove this $f(n)\le f(n+1)$ where $f(n)=\sum_{k=1}^{n}\frac{n}{n^2+k^2}$

let $$f(n)=\sum_{k=1}^{n}\dfrac{n}{n^2+k^2}$$ prove or disprove $$f(n)\le f(n+1)$$ this inequality is found when I deal this follow limit: ...
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Trigonometric Inequality. $\sin{1}+\sin{2}+\ldots+\sin{n} <2$ .

How can I prove the following trigonometric inequality : $$\sin1+\sin2 +\ldots+\sin n <2$$ with $n \in \mathbb{N}^{*}$. The problem is that I don't know how to start this problem, I try to ...
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An information theory inequality which relates to Shannon Entropy

For $a_1,...,a_n,b_1,...,b_n>0,\quad$ define $a:=\sum a_i,\ b:=\sum b_i,\ s:=\sum \sqrt{a_ib_i}$. Is the following inequality true?: $${\frac{\Bigl(\prod a_i^{a_i}\Bigr)^\frac1a}a \cdot ...
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Proving that the triangle inequality holds for a metric on $\mathbb{C}$

Show that $(X,d)$ is a metric space where $X =\Bbb C $ and the distance function is defined as: $$d(x,y) = \frac {2|x-y|}{\sqrt {1+|x|^2} + \sqrt {1 + |y|^2}}, \text{ for } x,y \in \Bbb C.$$ I ...