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can you please help me prove this:


If and n>=3,

the prove that: (1+a1)1(1+a2)2....(1+an)n>nn


Just to add, I thought about taking two assumptions of n=even and n=odd but got no where! :(

I could be wrong but I think there needs to be more information given. we're given that the product of a1 through an is 1 but not given info on the values of ai. Based off the info given if I let a1 = -2, a2 = 3, a3 = -1/3, and a4 = 1/2 then a1a2a3a4 = 1 but (1+a1)1(1+a2)2(1+a3)3(1+a4)4 < 44 . I think if were given that ai > 0 for all i then I think we could prove this.

Please let me know if there is anymore information then I could come up with a proof. It looks like a typical Proof by Mathematical Induction type problem

All a i - s have to be positive numbers.

All a i - s have to be positive numbers.

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Grigori S. | Certified Physics and Math Teacher G.S.Certified Physics and Math Teacher G.S.

For all a i > 0 we can rewrite the inequality in the following way:

                                                 ∏  i=1,n  (1 + ai) i ≥ nn   

(∏  symbol of a product of n consequitive terms).

Using the symbol of factorial we can rewrite this inequality again

                                                     (1+a1) .....(1+an) ≥ nn/ n!

According to the theorem about arithmetic and geometric means

                                                   (1 + ai)/2 ≥ √ai

we have

                                   (1+a1)....(1+an) ≥ 2n sqrt( = 2n

If 2n (n!) ≥ nn, then it proves the statement. But this inequality is true for n ≤ 5.

The best way to prove the staement is to use the principle of mathematical induction.

The starement is true for n=1 (it is evidently). Then assume that the statement is true for any "n", and check if this is true for "n+1". For "n+1" we have

                              (1 + a1) ......(1+an)(1+a n+1) (n+1)! ≥ (n+1)n+1

We can transform the left side of the inequality using the statement for "n":

             (1+a1) .....(1+an)(1+a n+1) (n+1)! ≥ nn (1+a n+1) (n+1)  ≥   (n+1)n (n+1) 

The right side can be written in the form

                                   (n+1)n (n+1) = nn [1+(1/n)]n (n+1)

If we look at last two inequalities we can see that the original inequality can be proven if we prove that

                                                       1 + a n+1 ≥ [1 + (1/n)] n


                                                       (1 + a n+1)1/n ≥ 1 + (1/n)

Now take into account that for "n+1"

  a n+1 = 1 (according to the original condition)

That means

                                            a n+1 = 1/(a1

and for large n we can write (approximately)

                                 (1 + a n+1) 1/n ≥ 1 + 1/n (a1

If we assume that a1 ≤ 1 then

                               1 + 1/[n (a1] ≥ 1 + (1/n)

and the inequality is proven. But we need more information about {ai} to be more specific in our  conclusions.                     


Robert J. | Certified High School AP Calculus and Physics TeacherCertified High School AP Calculus and Ph...
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It doesn't work. Counter example: a1 = -1, a2 = -1, and a3 = 1.

Do you have more restrictions?