# Thread: [SOLVED] Inequality proof involving natural numbers.

1. ## [SOLVED] Inequality proof involving natural numbers.

Suppose m1 < m2 and n1 < n2. Show that m1n1 < m2n2.

2. ## Inequality

Hello jzellt
Originally Posted by jzellt
Suppose m1 < m2 and n1 < n2. Show that m1n1 < m2n2.

Not true. 3<8 and -2<-1, but -6>-8.

Perhaps you meant to say that these are natural numbers? In which case, $m_1 < m_2 \Rightarrow m_1 +m = m_2$, for some $m \in \mathbb{N}$, and $n_1 < n_2 \Rightarrow n_1+n = n_2,$ for some $n \in \mathbb{N}$.

So $m_2n_2 = (m_1 +m)(n_1 + n)$

$= m_1n_1 + mn_1+nm_1+mn$

$> m_1n_1$

3. A bit simpler, I think: If $m_1< m_2$, and $n_1> 0$ then $m_1n_1< m_2n_1$. If $n_1< n_2$ and $m_2> 0$ then $m_2n_1< m_2n_2$. Those together ("<" is a transitive relation) give $m_1n_1< m_2n_2$.
Notice that does not say anything about $m_1$. This only requires that 3 of the four numbers be positive.