• May 20th 2008, 06:16 PM
Vedicmaths
Let x, y be real numbers such that x<= y+c for every c>0. Then x<=y. Prove this by contradiction....
• May 20th 2008, 06:34 PM
Jhevon
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Originally Posted by Vedicmaths
Let x, y be real numbers such that x<= y+c for every c>0. Then x<=y. Prove this by contradiction....

Assume to the contrary that x <= y + c but x > y

since x > y we have x - y > 0. Choose c > 0 such that c < x - y (this is of course possible, c = (x - y)/2 is an example).

Thus we have: x <= y + c < y + x - y = x. So that x < x. A contradiction!
• May 20th 2008, 06:46 PM
Vedicmaths
Thank you very much Sir..

but I could not understand one point here:
"since x > y we have x - y > 0. Choose c > 0 such that c < x - y (this is of course possible, c = (x - y)/2 is an example)."..

How could you say that c < x - y....example is not very clear!

Thanks!
• May 20th 2008, 06:50 PM
Isomorphism
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Originally Posted by Vedicmaths
Thank you very much Sir..

but I could not understand one point here:
"since x > y we have x - y > 0. Choose c > 0 such that c < x - y (this is of course possible, c = (x - y)/2 is an example)."..

How could you say that c < x - y....example is not very clear!

Thanks!

Jhevon
is asking you to choose a positive c such that x - y > c, and moreover he has given you an example of (x-y)/2 in case you worry how to choose...
• May 20th 2008, 06:58 PM
Vedicmaths
yeah that makes sense perfectly now...that is what I was wondering for..how do you choose that c = (x - y)/2 and hence c < x - y...but now I understand that c is any number greater than 0 and that is we choosing it to be equal to (x-y)/2...

Thank you!
• May 20th 2008, 06:59 PM
Isomorphism
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Originally Posted by Vedicmaths
yeah that makes sense perfectly now...that is what I was wondering for..how do you choose that c = (x - y)/2 and hence c < x - y...but now I understand that c is any number greater than 0 and that is we choosing it to be equal to (x-y)/2...

Thank you!

(Clapping)(Clapping) Yes thats right :)