1. ## prove 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)"

2. (-1/-1) > (-1/-2) makes
1 > 1/2 which is true

3. Choose $x = 2, y = -1$. Add hypothesis: $y$ is same sign as $x$.

4. Consider the four cases {{ note: for some reason, > is showing as an upside down ? }}:

$\begin{tabular}{c c l}
x & y & comment/result\\
+ & + & True\\
+ & - & LHS -ve and RHS +ve therefore false\\
- & + & in breach of x > y which is given\\
- & - & True (see particlejohn's post below)\\
\end{tabular}$

From this, you can see that both $x$ and $y$ must have the same sign.

EDIT: apologies.. particlejohn is correct and my post has been edited accordingly =]

5. Originally Posted by kwah
Consider the four cases {{ note: for some reason, > is showing as an upside down ? }}:

From this, you can see that both $x$ and $y$ must be positive.
Choose $x = -3$ and $y = -4$ (e.g. $x > y$). Then $\frac{1}{3} > \frac{1}{4}$.