I have tried to solve it by recurrence with classical inequalities on square root but didn't get any result.

Do you have any clue?

Thanks!

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- October 26th 2007, 05:45 AMjosephnyuTry to prove this inequality

I have tried to solve it by recurrence with classical inequalities on square root but didn't get any result.

Do you have any clue?

Thanks! - October 26th 2007, 08:38 AMOpalg
To get at something like this, you have to start with the innermost square root and work your way outwards.

So start by looking at . Since , it follows that .

Now take the next square root: . Since , we can repeat the previous argument and get .

Take the next square root: . (The last bit follows from the facts that and .)

Continuing in this way (using induction if you want to prove it properly), you see that for k=1,2,...,n-2, .

For k=n-2, this says that . Therefore . (You need to be a bit careful at this stage, because when k=n-1 it's no longer true that .)

Finally, . It's then easy enough to check that the right-hand side is less than n. - October 26th 2007, 08:50 AMjosephnyu
Thank you !

This was not obvious to guess.