Proofs using real numbers and integers

Hello, didn't know exactly where to post this. Any guidance would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Let *a,b, and c* be integers and *x,y and z* be real numbers. Use the technique of working backward from the desired conclusion to prove that

a). [(x+y)/2] ≥(greater than or equal to) (sqrt)√(x*y)

b.) If x^3 + 2*x^2 < 0 , then 2*x + 5 < 11

c). If an isoceles triangle has sides of length x,y and z, where x=y and z=(sqrt)√(2*x*y), then it is right triangle

Re: Proofs using real numbers and integers

"working backwards..." - ???

Is that like the converse?

If x^3 + 2x^2 = x^2(x + 2) < 0, then x + 2 < 0 ... i.e. x < -2

Not sure how that relates to 2x + 5 < 11

<=>

x < 3

???

Re: Proofs using real numbers and integers

i think it means if 2*x + 5 < 11 then prove x^3 + 2*x^2 < 0