Prove:

The sum of the lengths of any two sides of a triangle is greater than the length of the third side. This is known as the triangle inequality.

I need some help with this proof.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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- September 8th 2008, 02:37 PMreagan3ncProof of triangle inequality.
Prove:

The sum of the lengths of any two sides of a triangle is greater than the length of the third side. This is known as the triangle inequality.

I need some help with this proof.

Thanks in advance for any help. - September 9th 2008, 05:51 AMAryth
This may not be the best way to do it, but it's my favorite method.

Since we are trying to prove that:

It suffices to show that:

The one that everyone else might use is:

Notice that and that .

When we add those two statements together, we get:

by the absolute value property, you get:

- September 9th 2008, 08:01 AMKrizalid
Aryth, you missunderstood the question, read it again. The original one doesn't involve the absolute value.

- September 9th 2008, 01:44 PMAryth
Ah, well, the triangle inequality I was using was:

The triangle inequality states that for any triangle, the length of a given side must be less than or equal to the sum of the other two sides but greater than or equal to the difference between the two sides.

In a normed vector space , the triangle inequality is:

Since the real line is a normed vector space, then the triangle inequality for real numbers x and y is:

So... What triangle inequality should I be proving?