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  1. For $x$, $y$, and $z$ positive real numbers, what is the maximum possible value for

$$\sqrt{\frac{3x+4y}{6x+5y+4z}} + \sqrt{\frac{y+2z}{6x+5y+4z}} + \sqrt{\frac{2z+3x}{6x+5y+4z}}? $$ 2. Find $z/x$ if $(x,y,z)$ achieves the maximum value from Problem 1.


I know I should include the Cauchy Schwarz Inequality in here but I don't know how. And how would I benefit me? Could someone please walk me step by step thorugh these two problems? Thanks!

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Just make a change of variables setting $u=3x+4y, v=y+2z, w=2z+3x$, then apply the Cauchy Schwarz inequality to prove $$\sqrt{\frac{u}{u+v+w}}+\sqrt{\frac{v}{u+v+w}}+\sqrt{\frac{w}{u+v+w}}\leq \color{red}{\sqrt{3}}$$ with equality achieved at $(u,v,w)=\lambda(1,1,1)$, than means $(x,y,z)=\lambda(1,3,\color{red}{6})$.

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  • $\begingroup$ 2 isn't the correct answer for the second problem, was there a miscalculation? $\endgroup$ – Yuna Kun Oct 1 '16 at 15:03
  • $\begingroup$ @YunaKun: yes there was. Now fixed. $\endgroup$ – Jack D'Aurizio Oct 1 '16 at 15:04

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