ok heres the prob....the statement below is not always true for x, y (symbol for real numbers). give an example where it is false, and add a hypothesis on y that makes it true. "if x and y are nonzero real numbers and x>y then (-1/x)>(-1/y)"

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- Sep 2nd 2008, 10:06 PMDubulusprove inequality
ok heres the prob....the statement below is not always true for x, y (symbol for real numbers). give an example where it is false, and add a hypothesis on y that makes it true. "if x and y are nonzero real numbers and x>y then (-1/x)>(-1/y)"

- Sep 2nd 2008, 10:18 PMDubulus
(-1/-1) > (-1/-2) makes

1 > 1/2 which is true - Sep 2nd 2008, 10:26 PMparticlejohn
Choose . Add hypothesis: is same sign as .

- Sep 3rd 2008, 09:33 AMkwah
Consider the four cases {{ note: for some reason, > is showing as an upside down ? }}:

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**From this, you can see that both and must have the same sign.**

EDIT: apologies.. particlejohn is correct and my post has been edited accordingly =] - Sep 3rd 2008, 01:56 PMparticlejohn