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Problem on Inequality | ISI – MSQMS – B, 2018 | Problem 2a

Try this problem from ISI MSQMS 2018 which involves the concept of Inequality. You can use the sequential hints provided to solve the problem.

Try this problem from ISI-MSQMS 2018 which involves the concept of Inequality.

INEQUALITY | ISI 2018| MSQMS | PART B | PROBLEM 2a


(a) Prove that if $x>0, y>0$ and $x+y=1,$ then $\left(1+\frac{1}{x}\right)\left(1+\frac{1}{y}\right) \geq 9$

Key Concepts


Algebra

Inequality

Numbers

Check The Answer


But Try the Problem First…

Answer: $xy \leq \frac{1}{4}$

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Suggested Reading

ISI – MSQMS – B, 2018, Problem 2A

“INEQUALITIES: AN APPROACH THROUGH PROBLEMS BY BJ VENKATACHALA”

Try with Hints


First hint

We have to show that ,

$(1+\frac{1}{x})(1+\frac{1}{y}) \geq 9$

i.e $1+ \frac{1}{x} + \frac{1}{y} +\frac{1}{xy} \geq 9$

Since $x+y =1$

Therefore the above equation becomes $\frac{2}{xy} \geq 8$

ie $xy \leq \frac{1}{4}$

Now with this reduced form of the equation why don’t you give it a try yourself,I am sure you can do it.

Second hint

Applying AM $\geq$ GM on $x,y$

So you are just one step away from solving your problem,go on………….

Final Step

Therefore, $\frac{x+y}{2} \geq (xy)^\frac{1}{2}$

$\Rightarrow \frac{1}{2} \geq (xy)^\frac{1}{2}$

Squaring both sides we get, $xy \leq \frac{1}{4}$

Hence the result follows.

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