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If x, y and z are real numbers such that: x + y + z = 5 and xy + yz + zx = 3. What is the largest value that any of the numbers can have?

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Without Calculus

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Given that $u> 0$ and $v> 0$ what is the smallest possible value of $1/u + 1/v$ given that $u + v = 5$?

Can you find this value by more than one method (not involving trial and error) without using calculus?