$a ^ 2 + b ^ 2 + c ^ 2 = 12$ - prove that $(a+1)(b+1)(c+1) \leq 27$

I've got stuck on this problem :

Let $a, b, c \geq 0$ such that $a ^ 2 + b ^ 2 + c ^ 2 = 12$. Prove that $(a+1)(b+1)(c+1) \leq 27$.

I've thought that mean inequality ($HM \leq GM \leq AM \leq PM$ - referring to harmonic, geometric, arithmetic and square mean) may help. I've also considered $CBS$ (Cauchy - Buniakowski - Scwarz) inequality and Cebîşev inequality, but I didn't get it right.

I would be thankful for some hints.

$$\frac{a ^ 2 + b ^ 2}{2} + \frac{c ^ 2 + b ^ 2}{2} + \frac{a ^ 2 + c ^ 2}{2} = 12$$ $$\therefore 12 \ge ab + bc + ca$$ Also, $$\frac{a^2 + b^2 + c^2}{3} \ge (abc)^{\frac23}$$ $$\therefore 4^{\frac32} \ge abc$$ $$\therefore 8 \ge abc$$ And finally, RMS > A.M. gives $$(\frac{a^2 + b^2 + c^2}{3})^\frac12 \ge \frac{a + b + c}{3}$$ $$\therefore 6 \ge a+b+c$$ $$\therefore 12 + 8 + 6 + 1 \ge abc + ab + bc + ca + a + b + c + 1$$ $$\therefore 27 \ge (a+1)(b+1)(c+1)$$

You may use the GM-AM-QM inequality, i.e. to combine: $$(a+1)(b+1)(c+1) \leq \left(\frac{a+b+c+3}{3}\right)^3 \tag{1}$$ with: $$\frac{a+b+c}{3}\leq \sqrt{\frac{a^2+b^2+c^2}{3}}.\tag{2}$$

• The second inequality also follows by Cauchy-Schwarz: $(a+b+c)\le \sqrt{(1+1+1)\left(a^2+b^2+c^2\right)}$. – user236182 Oct 5 '15 at 18:42
• @user236182: yes, I agree, the AM-QM inequality is equivalent to CS inequality. – Jack D'Aurizio Oct 5 '15 at 20:45

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