The math is wrong. Check step 3. How did you get it from step 2?
Did I do the math right? Because the answer doesn't make any sense.
http://i.imgur.com/P97Gs.png
So would this be right...?
http://i.imgur.com/XNNhI.png
Where would I go from here?
Inequality is true if
Because x & y are interchangeable in the original inequality relation then we also conclude that:
Inequality is true if
Hence: the only valid solution is x=y
This means inequality is not true for any , i.e., only euality portion is true for
...check this out...
Thanks to Bingk for remarks.
Just some things to note, you're kinda working backwards. You should start with a statement that you knows is true, then manipulate it to get the conclusion.
Try starting with this:
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You're allowed to take the square roots because the problem states that x and y are positive real numbers.
Also, note that even if x is less than y, the difference is squared, so the resulting values will always be nonnegative, that's why you know your starting statement is true.
Last thing, on the post above by this by MaxJasper, near the end it says
this is partially true, the inequality is also true if because the difference is squaredInequality is true if