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Broad Topics > Algebraic expressions, equations and formulae > Inequalities

After Thought

Age 16 to 18
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Which is larger cos(sin x) or sin(cos x) ? Does this depend on x ?

Climbing

Age 16 to 18
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Sketch the graphs of y = sin x and y = tan x and some straight lines. Prove some inequalities.

Squareness

Age 16 to 18
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The family of graphs of x^n + y^n =1 (for even n) includes the circle. Why do the graphs look more and more square as n increases?

Eyes Down

Age 16 to 18
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The symbol [ ] means 'the integer part of'. Can the numbers [2x]; 2[x]; [x + 1/2] + [x - 1/2] ever be equal? Can they ever take three different values?

Not Continued Fractions

Age 14 to 18
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Which rational numbers cannot be written in the form x + 1/(y + 1/z) where x, y and z are integers?

Erratic Quadratic

Age 16 to 18
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Can you find a quadratic equation which passes close to these points?

Classical Means

Age 16 to 18
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Use the diagram to investigate the classical Pythagorean means.

Unit Interval

Age 16 to 18 Short
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Can you prove our inequality holds for all values of x and y between 0 and 1?

Random Inequalities

Age 16 to 18
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Can you build a distribution with the maximum theoretical spread?

Approximating Pi

Age 14 to 18
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By inscribing a circle in a square and then a square in a circle find an approximation to pi. By using a hexagon, can you improve on the approximation?

In Between

Age 16 to 18
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Can you find the solution to this algebraic inequality?

' Tis Whole

Age 14 to 18
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Take a few whole numbers away from a triangle number. If you know the mean of the remaining numbers can you find the triangle number and which numbers were removed?

Shades of Fermat's Last Theorem

Age 16 to 18
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The familiar Pythagorean 3-4-5 triple gives one solution to (x-1)^n + x^n = (x+1)^n so what about other solutions for x an integer and n= 2, 3, 4 or 5?

Inner Equality

Age 16 to 18 Short
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Can you solve this inequalities challenge?

Power Up

Age 16 to 18
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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

Reciprocals

Age 16 to 18
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Prove that the product of the sum of n positive numbers with the sum of their reciprocals is not less than n^2.

Biggest Enclosure

Age 14 to 16
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Three fences of different lengths form three sides of an enclosure. What arrangement maximises the area?

Exhaustion

Age 16 to 18
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Find the positive integer solutions of the equation (1+1/a)(1+1/b)(1+1/c) = 2

Farey Neighbours

Age 16 to 18
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Farey sequences are lists of fractions in ascending order of magnitude. Can you prove that in every Farey sequence there is a special relationship between Farey neighbours?

Code to Zero

Age 16 to 18
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Find all 3 digit numbers such that by adding the first digit, the square of the second and the cube of the third you get the original number, for example 1 + 3^2 + 5^3 = 135.

Square Mean

Age 14 to 16
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Is the mean of the squares of two numbers greater than, or less than, the square of their means?

Almost Total Inequality

Age 14 to 16
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All-variables Sudoku

Age 11 to 18
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The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.

Discrete Trends

Age 16 to 18
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Find the maximum value of n to the power 1/n and prove that it is a maximum.

Fracmax

Age 14 to 16
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Find the maximum value of 1/p + 1/q + 1/r where this sum is less than 1 and p, q, and r are positive integers.

Thousand Words

Age 16 to 18
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Here the diagram says it all. Can you find the diagram?

Unit Interval

Age 14 to 18
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Take any two numbers between 0 and 1. Prove that the sum of the numbers is always less than one plus their product?

Integral Sandwich

Age 16 to 18
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Generalise this inequality involving integrals.

Diverging

Age 16 to 18
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Show that for natural numbers x and y if x/y > 1 then x/y>(x+1)/(y+1}>1. Hence prove that the product for i=1 to n of [(2i)/(2i-1)] tends to infinity as n tends to infinity.

Proofs with Pictures

Age 14 to 18

Some diagrammatic 'proofs' of algebraic identities and inequalities.

Quadratic Harmony

Age 16 to 18
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Find all positive integers a and b for which the two equations: x^2-ax+b = 0 and x^2-bx+a = 0 both have positive integer solutions.

Tetra Inequalities

Age 16 to 18
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Prove that in every tetrahedron there is a vertex such that the three edges meeting there have lengths which could be the sides of a triangle.

Giants

Age 16 to 18
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Which is the bigger, 9^10 or 10^9 ? Which is the bigger, 99^100 or 100^99 ?

Big, Bigger, Biggest

Age 16 to 18
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Which is the biggest and which the smallest of $2000^{2002}, 2001^{2001} \text{and } 2002^{2000}$?

Comparing Continued Fractions

Age 16 to 18
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Which of these continued fractions is bigger and why?

Rationals Between...

Age 14 to 16
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What fractions can you find between the square roots of 65 and 67?

Mediant Madness

Age 14 to 16
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Kyle and his teacher disagree about his test score - who is right?

Two Cubes

Age 14 to 16
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Two cubes, each with integral side lengths, have a combined volume equal to the total of the lengths of their edges. How big are the cubes? [If you find a result by 'trial and error' you'll need to. . . .

Integral Inequality

Age 16 to 18
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An inequality involving integrals of squares of functions.

Without Calculus

Age 16 to 18
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Given that u>0 and v>0 find the smallest possible value of 1/u + 1/v given that u + v = 5 by different methods.

Tet-trouble

Age 14 to 16
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Is it possible to have a tetrahedron whose six edges have lengths 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 units?