# Mean value theorem

• May 2nd 2010, 02:48 AM
acevipa
Mean value theorem
By the Mean value theorem show that:

$\arctan{x} \leq x\ for\ x \geq 0$
• May 2nd 2010, 02:58 AM
Prove It
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Originally Posted by acevipa
By the Mean value theorem show that:

$\arctan{x} \leq x\ for\ x \geq 0$

Assume that

$\arctan{x} > x$ for $x \geq 0$.

Then by differentiating both sides

$\frac{1}{1 + x^2} > 1$

$1 > 1 + x^2$

$x^2 < 0$.

But $x^2 \geq 0$ for all $x \in \mathbf{R}$. So we have arrived at a contradiction. So our original statement that $\arctan{x} > x$ is wrong.

Therefore $\arctan{x} \leq x$ for all $x \geq 0$.