1978 USAMO Problems/Problem 1
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Problem
Given that are real numbers such that
,
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Determine the maximum value of .
Solution 1
By Cauchy Schwarz, we can see that thus Finally, which means so the maximum value of is .
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Solution 2
Seeing as we have an inequality with constraints, we can use Lagrange multipliers to solve this problem. We get the following equations:
If , then according to and according to , so . Setting the right sides of and equal yields . Similar steps yield that . Thus, becomes and becomes . Solving the system yields , so the maximum possible value of is .
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