Show without recourse to any calculating aid that:

$$7^{1/2} + 7^{1/3} + 7^{1/4} < 7$$

and

$$4^{1/2} + 4^{1/3} + 4^{1/4} > 4$$

Sketch the graph of

$$f(x) = x^{1/2} + x^{1/3} + x^{1/4} -x$$

You can download the shareware graph drawing program Graphmatica from http://www.graphmatica.com/