# Algebraic Errors

• Oct 24th 2012, 07:47 AM
GrigOrig99
Algebraic Errors
This is sample work of factorising with fractions in an inequality. I've been told that the 3rd line is incorrect, as $a^2+b^2$ cannot be factored over a real number. Can anyone help me determine if the factoring simply stops at the second line, or is there a correct way to continue?

Many thanks.

$\frac{a^2+b^2}{2} \geq ab$
$(a^2 + b^2/ 2) - ab$ >​ 0
$\frac{(a+b)(a-b)}{2}-ab\geq0$
$\frac{a^2-ab+ab+b^2}{2}-ab\geq0$
$\frac{a^2+b^2-2ab}{2}\geq0$
$(a^2 - 2ab + b^2)/2$ > 0
$\frac{(a-b)^2}{2}\geq0$
• Oct 24th 2012, 08:14 AM
Siron
Re: Algebraic Errors
Note that:
$(a-b)(a+b) = a^2-b^2$
• Oct 24th 2012, 08:41 AM
GrigOrig99
Re: Algebraic Errors
Ah, ok I see it now. Thanks.